Posts Tagged ‘carpet manufacturing’

Flooring Inspection Safari: Causes of Dirty Carpet

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

soapy carpet spot | carpet expert Glenn Revere

In a previous post, I discussed why a three-year-old carpet stayed clean after its first cleaning, but quickly soiled after its second cleaning. Sometimes, even a brand new carpet starts to “soil up” after just a few weeks. Here’s why.

Carpet mills have to add a detergent-based lubricant to any synthetic fiber (nylon, polyester, or olefin) when they spin it into carpet yarn. Otherwise, the heat from the spinning process could damage the fiber. This is called a spin finish. This lubricant is normally removed during the production process. But mistakes happen. Sometimes the spin finish stays in the carpet instead of getting removed. You can’t see it. When the new carpet is installed in your home, dirt starts to (more…)

Carpet 411: All About Tufted Carpet

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

tufted carpet | carpet expert Glenn Revere

As I mentioned in my recent post on woven carpet, which only accounts for 2% of the carpets sold today, the majority of the carpets being purchased for residential homes is called tufted carpet.

Tufted carpet is manufactured using a giant sewing machine with as many as 1,200 needles. The spacing of the needles is one factor in determining the quality of the carpet, since the closer the needles, the tighter the yarn spacing stitched into the carpet backing and the heavier the fabric. But, this is just one factor.

These tufting machines are (more…)

Carpet Problems: All About Carpet Shading

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

carpet shading

Carpet shading is an apparent color difference between areas of the same carpet. It is a common complaint with cut pile carpets. The industry considers it a “normal characteristic of cut pile fabrics.” Shading ranges in intensity from slight to severe. It is caused by the face yarns changing the direction of their lay. Footprints and vacuum wheel marks are two types of shading, caused when the yarns are crushed down.

You also sometimes see shading along a seam. One side looks lighter than the other when you enter a room. Then when you walk to the other end of the room and look back, it (more…)

Carpet Inspection Safari: Cause of Loose Carpet Yarns?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

loose carpet yarns | Glenn Revere, Carpet Expert

I recently looked at a new carpet installed throughout a two-story, four-bedroom home, where the owner had complained she found loose tufts (carpet yarns) all over the house after she vacuumed. She had saved several dozen tufts for me to look at.

There are several reasons why loose tufts appear on a carpet. The causes could be manufacturing, installation, or in-home related. My job as a flooring inspector is to eliminate possibilities and discover the true reason for this complaint.

The owner has a cat. The loose tufts were in good condition — they did not look like the cat had clawed them. I used an ultraviolet light to check for cat urine: negative. I did not smell any urine, either.

I checked the new vacuum. Broken parts or (more…)