Appearance Retention

Appearance Retention

Matting

Matting

Shading

Shading

Crushing

Crushing

Shading

Shading

Pattern Walkout

Pattern walkout

Pattern walkout

Pattern walkout - New compared to installed carpet

Tip bloom

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Fading

Fading

Matting

Matting

Matting

Matting

Matting

Matting

Pooling

Pooling/watermarkingPooling

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What you need to know

The layman uses the general term “wear” to broadly describe the change in the appearance of a carpet’s pile due to use.  Depending on the situation and observer, this may include changes in texture, soiling, light reflectance, etc.  The technical community prefers the term “texture change” as it more specifically describes the texture change.  This can be assessed in many ways.  Numerous mechanical devices have

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Wrinkles in Backing

What you need to know Wrinkles in the backing can occur during the manufacturing process when the primary or secondary...
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Wrinkles in Backing

Unraveling

What you need to know Unraveling can occur on a loop pile or cut/loop pile carpet when a yarn is...
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Unraveling

Tube Line-Pile Reversal

What You Need To Know Tube Line Pile Reversal occurs when the carpet is rolled around on the cardboard tube...
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Tube Line-Pile Reversal

Traffic Lane Gray

What you need to know Traffic Lane Gray occurs when the yarn filaments in the traffic lanes become scratched and...
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Traffic Lane Gray

Top Cuts

What you need to know Top cuts are a condition that occurs due to installer carelessness at the time of...
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Top Cuts

Tip Bloom

What you need to know Tip Bloom is a normal characteristic of any cut pile carpet when subjected to traffic...
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Tip Bloom

Texture Variation

What you need to know Texture variations can occur from many different manufacturing-related conditions including uneven shearing across the carpet...
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Texture Variation

Tension Lines/Streaks

What you need to know Tension lines run in the length direction of the carpet and can appear as dark...
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Tension Lines/Streaks

Telegraphing Subfloor

What you need to know Telegraphing of the substrate or Subfloor can become evident when carpeting is glued down or...
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Telegraphing Subfloor

Stop Mark

What you need to know Stop marks occur across the carpet width during the tufting process when the tufting machine...
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Stop Mark