Here’s one instance where corn sugar can actually benefit you – under your feet! SmartStrand carpeting is a relatively new product courtesy of Mohawk® and DuPont® technologies. Created from special “Sonora” polymers, SmartStrand is widely considered to be one of the most stain resistant, durable, and greenest carpets ever manufactured. It’s produced from corn sugar, instead of petroleum, the typical ingredient in nylon carpeting.
According to Mohawk’s website, 37% of the DuPont Sonora fiber emanates from abundantly renewable sources resulting in a staggering 30% energy savings during production! And the eco-friendly hits just keep on coming as it’s estimated that SmartStrand carpeting also helps combat greenhouse gas emissions; 63% less gas emissions are produced during the manufacturing of SmartStrand carpet versus ordinary nylon carpeting.
As environmentally friendly as it is, there are plenty of other advantages to choosing SmartStrand over regular carpeting. The carpet’s ability to resist stains is vastly superior to many other types of carpeting. The stain protection in SmartStrand is actually built into the fiber which means it will never require replacement and it doesn’t wash off; not even following a thorough steam cleaning.
Remarkably, SmartStrand carpeting is also available in a plethora of colors and designs; it’s soft to the touch and surprisingly plush with a bit of extra padding.
So, are there any drawbacks to this incredible product? A cursory internet search yielded little in this area; however, most carpet experts recommend purchasing a high grade of SmartStrand (of course, the same could be said of any carpeting). The right quality or grade hinges on the amount of foot traffic; the higher the traffic, the higher quality carpet you should choose to ensure your satisfaction. Other factors to take into consideration are “face weight,” “high pile density,” and “tuft twist.” No need to learn the definition of all these terms, however, as your local flooring company is ready to help you determine which grade of carpet works best for you and your family.