1400 ft. of Mullican 3/8″ Lock n Fold floating engineered flooring installed in a townhouse.

Seeing Carpet Seams

This is the third time I’ve written about visible seams, and it’s still one of the most requested topics I’ve covered. I’ve had several calls and emails with photographs regarding seaming problems- in particular, visible seams. Some have had peaks, others gaps and yet others, color variations. Gaps and peaks are the result of installation issues, and they can be corrected by remaking the seam with new technologies.

The truth of the matter is, though, there is no such thing as an invisible seam in a textile product that fits together in pieces. Just as an article of clothing or fabric on furniture has visible seams, carpet is no different. Why would anyone think seams on carpet are going to be invisible when they are visible on just about any and every other product?

There are installation techniques that can be employed to minimize a seam’s appearance, but it is not always possible to completely eliminate seeing a seam in carpet. The type of carpet, yarn system, patterning, style or color can and will help achieve as obscure a seam as possible. However, all carpet will have a degree of visible seams. This fact cannot be helped because floor covering is installed in sections that require having to make seams; it is not painted on the floor.

The types of products that make up this industry make it unreasonable to expect seams to be made that will not be noticeable to some extent. If the seam is tight and even, and the cuts are cleanly made, what results is as close a meeting of two separate pieces of floor covering material as a skilled human being can physically accomplish.

Granted, there are many carpet, vinyl and other flooring installations in which you would think the seams were invisible. And this is a credit to the skills of the majority of installers. However, there is no standard, rule or policy anywhere in the industry, which states that seams shall not be visible.

Some carpets just don’t lend themselves to hiding seams, and certainly, some installers really are not very good at seaming all products. But most installers I’ve met around the country do a good job.

It is more the responsibility of the person selling the product to know how it will seam, to lay the job out to minimize and hide seams and to make sure the seams run into the light source and not against it whenever and wherever possible. It is also the carpet dealer’s responsibility to send out an installer who has the skills to work with the most challenging products.

Someone is apparently spreading a vicious rumor that seams are supposed to be invisible. But again, depending on the carpet, only some seams are virtually invisible, and others are not.

Take it upon yourselves to learn what products are the most challenging. Ask your installers which they feel tax their skills and why. Find out who is the best person to install those products or don’t sell them.

It’s also up to the mill to provide you with products that can be easily seamed and look good afterward. But this doesn’t change the fact that seams may still be visible.

Keep this article handy or pass it out to your customers with their information packet so you can dispel any illusions that carpet seams are supposed to be invisible. After all, it is a seam, and sometimes they show regardless of how well they are made.

If you have a question or need some help, just call me. My mission is to make your life easier and your business more profitable.

 

Edited by Admin 2/18/2009
12:08:24 PM

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Carpet and Air Quality

How Carpet Contributes Inside and Outside
Clearing the air
Asthma and allergies: Although we might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, it does have a very positive effect. Gravity causes common household particles, such as dust, pollen and pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, reducing their continued circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with CRI-approved vacuums effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet, locks them in the machine and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.

A misperception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. But much of today’s carpet is made from harmless materials found in clothing and other everyday fabrics, such as polyester, nylon, triexta, and olefin fibers, which don’t trouble most people.
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Mold and VOC misperceptions: Other misperceptions about carpet involve mold and the emission of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. In fact, it is very hard to grow mold on carpet. Mold grows in any moist environment where dirt and dust provide nutrients. When carpet is kept clean and dry, mold simply cannot grow on synthetic fibers.

Carpet is also wrongly linked to high VOC levels. Scientific studies show that new carpet is one of the lowest emitters of VOCs into the indoor environment, and that these emissions dissipate very quickly. The low-level VOC emissions and the harmless odor from new carpet disappear within the first 48 to 72 hours after installation and even sooner with open windows or doors.

The Carpet and Rug Institute offers Green Label testing and certification to indicate carpet, carpet backings, cushions and adhesives that emit low VOCs.

Reducing the environmental footprint

TIP: How to clean Hardwood floors

Use boiling water and two teabags to clean
hardwood floors. The tannic acid in tea creates a beautiful shine for hardwood floors. Let two teabags steep in the boiling water for a few minutes. Pour the tea into a bucket. Take a soft cloth and wring it out in the tea. The cloth merely needs to be damp, not soaked. This will enable the floor to dry quickly. Wash the floor and be ready to be amazed by the sheen.

TIP: How to clean Hardwood floors

Use boiling water and two teabags to clean hardwood floors. The tannic acid in tea creates a beautiful shine for hardwood floors. Let two teabags steep in the boiling water for a few minutes. Pour the tea into a bucket. Take a soft cloth and wring it out in the tea. The cloth merely needs to be damp, not soaked. This will enable the floor to dry quickly. Wash the floor and be ready to be amazed by the sheen.

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Print carpet installed in a basement

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Click on the link above and see a beautiful Print carpet installed in all of a basement area in a beautiful house in Upper Saddle River.