Park City Flooring Company, Kalia, Releases Study on Factors Affecting Carpet Performance

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New floors are an investment that should last for years. A recent survey by Kalia Floors reveals factors unnecessarily affecting the longevity of many carpets.

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The characteristics of carpets is put to the test by elements that are tracked in from footwear. This is magnified when it comes to Utah, particularly Park City floors, where you get sunshine one day, rain the next, and extreme snow during the winter.

A matted carpet is a common problem that many house owners have to contend with. Carpets which are kept in areas that have high movement such as the living room can get worn and old look quite fast. This matted appearance can also be seen in corners where furniture has been kept on the carpet for long periods of time. A recent survey by Kalia regarding Park City floors reveals that it takes regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure the best performance from a carpet.

Founder, Scott Heath, comments. "The term 'performance' with reference to carpets is a measure of how well a carpet maintains its original texture and appearance under normal traffic. Each carpet is different and has its own unique characteristics." He continues. "The characteristics of varying carpets is put to the test by the elements that are tracked in from footwear. This is magnified when it comes to Utah, particularly Park City floors, where you get sunshine one day, rain the next, and extreme snow during the winter."

These quality and characteristics of carpet depend on the raw materials used in construction and also on the design choices of the company. For example, natural fibers such as wool tend to wear gradually but this isn't the case with synthetic fibers. The study revealed the following as the primary causes of matted or premature wear on carpet.

Density of Carpet

The density references how close the strands of the carpet have been woven together. The denser a carpet is, the longer it will last. Density will also affect the appearance of a carpet and can even make a low quality product look grand. While it is best to keep away from carpets with a low face weight, high density can compensate for the lack of weight. For example, old nylon carpets last for years even after extensive use. This is because nylon is naturally a dense material. If the density of carpet were to be reduced, then it would need an increase in the amount of yarn and twist to maintain the same level of performance.

Tightness of Twist

This refers to how tightly the fibers have been wound around each other. Generally the more tight the twist is, the better will be the carpet's performance, though it will lead to a reduction in the total bulk. It can be thought of as analogous to a knot. If there are a number of twists and turns in the knot, then the chances of unravelling become much smaller. Similarly, a carpet with a high twist level will not get matted very fast. To judge the twist level of a carpet, carefully examine the cut ends of the individual yarns. If they are neat and clearly defined, then that means the carpet has a good tightness of twist.

Face Weight

This is the total weight of the fibers in the carpet measured in ounces per square yard. It provides a good idea of how much material is present in the carpet, and hence is an indicator of how quickly the carpet will wear out. Generally a carpet with a high face weight will not get matted fast as it tends to be more dense. But this might not always be the case. Sometimes when fibers of long length are used, the density of the carpet tends to be very less. It will lead to a good face weight but might not have the best quality.

With such variances in quality now defined it is important that consumers consider carpet that is best for their environment. This will provide for a long life and an efficient return on investment. For more information on these details of carpet performance visit or call 801-263-9600.

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