Jul 02, 2007 1:14 pm
We are currently renovating for the first time and were surprised to find out just how difficuilt it is to choose a carpet :(
I have become very confused as to which type of carpet is better in relation to being stain resistant as each shop will tell you different. We are tossing up now between whether to buy a solution dyed nyoln or a stainmaster carpet. I have read Royalblues response re: SDN which was very helpful, but does any know or can they suggest which product is better.
Thanks in advance :?
Re: Solution Dyed Nylon vs Stainmaster2
Jul 04, 2007 2:08 am
Yes it can be confusing. All the more because frankly, there are precious few carpet salespeople that have the slightest clue about the real serviceability and performance of carpets.
I'll try to give you a bit of info to help....
Stainmaster carpets are made from 6th generation nylon yarn. It has various technologies incorporated into it to generally give good performance, has good resilience, a nice soft hand, good appearance retention and good stain resistance. The stain resistant treatment is in the form of acid dye blockers and fluorochemical protection These are treatments applied after the yarn is tufted to form the carpet. They are very effective, but are not bulletproof. Overzealous marketing has tended to raise consumers' expectations of performance beyond the boundaries of real life. The fact is, these things provide reaction time (resistance) to allow clean up of accidents without permanent staining in most cases. It doesn't mean the carpet can be abused and always be restored to perfection. The protective finish can wear in traffic ways after some time or with incorrect cleaning or chemicals being used. But with good maintenance, it really gives quite good service.
The 'flavour of the month' in recent years has been the SDN carpets, and most retailers will sell, sell, sell, because that's what they are taught to do. These are carpets that have been constructed with Solution Dyed Yarn (ie. the dye is incorporated into the hot nylon mix and extruded into a yarn. This yarn is then sewn into a woven backing to form a carpet.
The salesman will go on about the benefits of SDN, focusing mostly on the carpet's stain resistance. It is true that the SDN fibre has very low absorbency and excellent stain resistance. What they don't tell you is the carpets do suffer from crushing in traffic ways, and as a result can take on a very different shade and appearance to surrounding areas. They tend not to have as good resilience as 6th gen nylons, especially if they are deep piled carpets. As good as the stain resistance is of SDN, they still can stain under certain circumstances, and generally deteriorate in overall appearance more than a Stainmaster nylon. Remember: stain resistance is but one factor in the carpet's ultimate service and appearance retention.
SDN tend to have a courser, stiffer feel, whilst 6th gen nylons are usually softer and more luxurious feeling with better resilience.
Avoid deep coloured (black etc) SDN carpets, as many are overdyed, leading to colour problems, and sometimes crocking (dye migration).
In most residential settings, (out of the nylon options) I'd suggest a hard twist, dense piled carpet, but not too deep. In other words, very dense, low to medium profile twist pile. The DuPont Stainmaster nylon yarn is preferred. Avoid too light a shade, as no matter how good the stain resistance, they will show contaminants.
But at the end of the day, choose a carpet that you like. Any nylon carpet will usually be better than the cheaper polypropylene varieties. Have a good quality upright vacuum with HEPA filters, maintain it well and the carpets can give you very good service.
A final word... there is a lot of BAD advice around, suggesting you can use bleach on SDN carpets. DON'T!!!! It's utterly stupid advice for various reasons. Trust me on this.
If you are still unsure, email or PM me, and I can give you my phone number to chat.
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