carpet colors Mahwah North Jersey

Pine Cone, or Peanut Brittle Brown? Peach, Orange, or Rust? If you’ve finally picked out a color for the carpet in your Mahwah home, congratulations are in order. After all, it can be a tough choice, and you probably spent what seemed like an eternity staring at swatches and samples.

At some point along the way, you may have wondered, “How exactly do these carpets get their color?” It seems like a trivial question, but the dyeing process can affect the appearance, color-fastness, and pricing of your carpet. Plus, it’s pretty cool to know what’s going on behind the scenes. If your curiosity isn’t satisfied after reading, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International North Jersey for more information.

Yarn-Dyed vs. Solution-Dyed Carpet Fibers

These methods sometimes get jumbled into one, because they both involve dyeing the fibers before the carpet gets put together. But let’s set the record straight: yarn-dyeing and solution-dyeing are very different. To understand the difference, you have to know that synthetic fibers (e.g. nylon, polyester, acrylic) start their lives as liquids.

Here’s the distinction: yarn-dyed fibers get their color when the liquid solution is pressed through a spinneret. A spinneret has tiny holes, and the liquid is forced through, transforming into long strands. Finally, those strands come into contact with the dye.

In contrast, solution-dyed fibers are actually dyed while they’re still in liquid form.

Put simply, yarn-dyed fibers are only coated with color on the outside, while the color of solution-dyed fibers permeates all the way through.

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The analogy often used to describe the difference is “radishes vs. carrots.” While radishes may be red on the outside, they’re still white when you cut them open (yarn-dyed); carrots, on the other hand, are orange the whole way through (solution-dyed). Both of these methods result in bright colors, and an especially colorfast carpet that’s resistant to fading. This is a great choice for rooms that get lots of sunlight.

The Beck Process (a.k.a “Piece-Dyeing”) 

Straightforward and effective, the Beck process involves taking an entire piece of partially assembled carpet (the “blanket”) and dipping it in a hot vat of liquid color. Sometimes, pressure is applied to speed up the process.

Although this method can be more expensive because of the time and resources involved, Beck dyeing is one of the only ways to get vibrant color into heavier carpet constructions. Beck-dyeing is also especially good for carpets with a single color.

Print-Dyed Carpet

Print-dyeing is the highest-tech method of carpet dyeing. Like a sheet of paper going through your printer at home, print-dyeing literally involves dyes being sprayed or rolled onto the surface of the carpet. Print-dyeing is a great option if you’re interested in patterns, or something a bit more elaborate.

Similarly, a process called continuous dyeing uses the same spray-jet technology to color hundreds of feet of carpet per hour. Economical and fast, this is one of the most common dyeing methods.

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At this point, you might be wondering if one of these methods is better than the others. The truth is, it all depends on what’s most important to you! We serve the greater Mahwah, Paramus, Wayne, and North Jersey areas, so contactFloor Coverings International North Jersey today to schedule your free consultation, and we’ll bring our mobile showroom directly to your home.

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