What the heck do carrots and radishes have to do with carpet? This is probably what you’re thinking right now.
If you’ve ever looked at the extra information on carpet samples, some of them have a diagram that shows a radish and a carrot.
This diagram refers to the carpet color dying process, which we will explain.
Piece Dyed vs. Solution Dyed Carpet
If you cut open a carrot, you’ll see that the orange color goes all the way through it. If you cut open a radish, the purple-reddish color is only skin deep. The rest of it is a bright white.
The same concept is applied to solution dyed carpet and piece dyed carpet.
Solution Dyed Carpet
Solution dying is used to add color to synthetic fibers. The dye is added when the fiber is in liquid form. The liquid is pressed through tiny holes in a machine and then drawn out to create the yarn.
When the yarn comes out, the desired carpet colors are already applied because of the previously added dye.
Solution dying creates the most colorfast yarn because the color is added earlier in the creation process. The color is locked in tight and goes all the way through the fiber like a carrot.
On top of that, solution dyed fiber benefits the environment by saving water usage, energy usage, and the chemicals used are eco-friendly and cost-effective.
Piece Dyed Carpet
Piece dying takes place after the carpet is made. While piece dying creates bright tones and a larger variety of color, it only penetrates the outer surface of the fibers. The rest of it doesn’t absorb the color.
The piece dying method is more laborious and requires more chemicals and additives. It’s not as environmentally friendly as solution dyed fibers and stains are more likely to sit in the carpet.
If you have more questions about this, feel free to ask your design consultant during your free carpet estimate. Our guys are full of information and have answers for any questions you may have.
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