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Use in Broadloom Applications or Rugs, Bath rugs and Mats

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Broadloom:

Broadloom (or wall-to-wall) carpet is normally manufactured and sold in 4m width and in 5m width.

Important properties of a backing for this kind of carpet are:

 

  • dimensional stability, so that any pattern, printed or tufted, appears on the carpet in the correct dimensions as designed
  • pile uniformity
  • easy processing through the complete manufacturing cycle
  • good coating adhesion: due to the capillary effect of the fine fibers, the coating adheres perfectly to the backing

Rugs, Bath rugs and Mats:

 

Rugs and bath mats can either be tufted on large 4m wide machines, or the backing is cut to finished dimensions at first, and the tufting is done on small table-tuft machines.

In either case the backing material will be cut and must not ravel ( = losing fibers ) during tufting and subsequent process steps.

The use of a nonwoven backing is required, because the multitude of bonding points at the fibers crossover points prevent loss of fibers.

Important properties of a backing for this kind of carpet are:

 

  • Non-ravelling for all techniques
  • Stiffness
  • Dimensional stability
  • Coating adhesion: due to the capillary effect of the fine fibers, the coating adheres perfectly to the backing
  • Coating affinity:

    • The hydrophilic surface of DuPont carpet backing allows an easy uptake of today's water-based synthetic and natural latex
    • PVC coating for Walk-off mats / Welcome mats is easily applied
    • Synthetic (or natural) rubber based coatings have also been applied with success. Accurate temperature control is essential in this case.