How well do you understand carpet coloring?

So you’ve chosen the color and style you want based on your lifestyle and decor. Now you need to decide whether you want piece dyed or solution dyed carpet. What? That’s a thing? Yes, carpet dye methods affect carpet performance and carpet stain resistance so it’s important you understand the difference between these two methods so you can make the best informed decision for your home.

What is the difference between these dye methods?  It’s huge! Bear with us as we show you the difference between “solution-dyed” and “piece-dyed” carpet.

Solution dyeing is a technique used to add color to synthetic fibers. In solution dyeing, color is added to the liquid state of the fiber components, before the fiber is actually produced --- polymers or nylon, depending on the type of fiber to be produced. To produce the fibers the liquid chemicals are fed into the top of a machine and forced through tiny holes where the liquid is drawn out making the the newly created yarn. Solution-dyed fibers have color pigments added directly into the polymers or nylon at the initial stage of production. This means that when the fiber is extruded through those little holes  it is already the desired color.

The solution dye method produces the most colorfast carpet yarn because the dye is added during the manufacturing process before the fibers are extruded. The color is locked in. As an example, picture a carrot:  unlike a radish, which has color only on the outside, a solution-dyed fiber has color all the way through the fiber. Because the color goes all the way through the fiber, it is nearly impossible to fade or bleach the color out of the fabric or carpet.  The color fastness achieved by this method also eliminates aesthetic side match problems.  Because solution dyeing dyes the fiber throughout, rather than impregnating dye into the fiber, this method of dyeing produces the most effective stain cleanability of all fibers making this type of carpet very easy to clean and maintain. Solution-dyed fibers can even be cleaned with a mild bleach solution, making them ideal for areas where stains and germs can be an issue. The solution dye process also proportions numerous environmental advantages such as saving water, energy, and chemicals during manufacturing enabling production of an end product that is a more cost effective choice.

Piece dyeing is done after the carpet is made. This method yields bright tones  and more of a variety of colors however the dye only penetrates the outer surface of the fiber. Think of a radish:  the interior is white, but the exterior is red.  Natural fibers like wool need to be dyed this way. After being dyed, the fiber appears uniformly colored however, there are always cells in the fiber that do not absorb the dye.

Piece dyed is more labor intensive and since there are more chemicals and additives used in the process, it is not deemed as environmentally friendly as solution dyed. Piece dyed products due to their dyeability can stain more easily than solution dyed products. 

If you have any questions about whether you should go with piece dyed or solution dyed carpet in your home MyNewFloor.con  will be happy to answer your questions and assist you in making the best choice for your home.