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DuPont™ Sorona®, Smartstrand or Triextra are names for renewably sourced carpet fiber that help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Made in part of renewable plant-based materials, Sorona® , revolutionizes the carpet industry by successfully combining sustainability and performance benefits.
A leading biopolymer, Sorona® contains 37 percent annually renewable plant-based ingredients. Even better is its environmental footprint. Producing Sorona® uses 30 percent less energy and releases 63 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the production of nylon 6. Compared to nylon 6,6 Sorona® production uses 40% less energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 56%.
And even more incredible, with the highest bio-based content in the synthetic carpet fiber market, Sorona® offers durability and stain resistance probably like no other fiber, synthetic or natural. We have cleaned many Sorona carpets at carpet cleaning in Boulder 80301.
The Rhinoceros Test:
Also in 2009, SmartStrand carpet with DuPont Sorona® had to withstand the constant tracking of mud, dirt, and the daily surprises left by Ricko, a 2,800 pound black rhinoceros. After more than 14 days, the light colored carpet showed some severe staining. The Birmingham Alabama Zoo’s Ricko, a 12 year old, Eastern Black Rhinoceros, soiled the carpet in many ways. A tropical storm passed through the Birmingham area, forcing the very muddy rhinoceros into spend an extended amount of time in his enclosure for safety reasons. It was during that time Ricko generated some of his most difficult stains. After two weeks the carpet was removed and the cleaning began.
The entire piece of carpeting was not cleaned. Sections of carpet were selected for "before and after" displays so that the cleaned sections could be more clearly identifiable. "To be honest, I didn’t expect it to come clean at all." said Billy Cochran, a zookeeper who helps care for Ricko. “I was amazed at how easily that brown carpet became white again. The Rhino challenge proved that SmartStrand carpet comes clean, even under extreme circumstances
Martha Stewart’s Red Wine:
In October of 2009 Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpet made with Sorona® fiber was featured on The Martha Stewart Show demonstrating that even red wine wouldn’t stain the carpet. This was the first time a carpet has earned a feature segment on the nationally syndicated show. In the segment, Martha touted the product’s availability in a collection of beautiful styles in hundreds of colors. Ms. Stewart was very impressed with performance benefits not seen in any other floor covering. To this point, Martha stressed that she has hesitated serving red wine at parties because of fears of spills and stains. She then showed the audience that SmartStrand has the stain resistance to eliminate that worry. She gleefully poured red wine on a sample and then removed it with plain warm water. Her audience was very impressed! We've found the same to be true at carpet cleaning in Boulder 80301. Red wine cleans right out.
What I have come to believe at this point is that Sorona IS a durable fiber. After cleaning it in client’s homes (carpet cleaning in Boulder 80301), I’ve found it also cleans easily and resists stains better than Nylon. However, I feel it is imperative that you make sure to choose the right quality or grade in order to be satisfied with the overall performance of your new carpet. This is true with any carpet style you select no matter what fiber it is made of, but with Sorona I think it is even more important. This means having sufficient face weight, pile density and adequate tuft twist to meet your needs, goals and lifestyle. It is also important to keep the pile height below 3/4 of an inch or risk potential matting and crushing.
Harvesting corn instead of stands of trees. Isn’t it exciting to know that there is a floor covering that is warm and luxurious for your feet and you haven’t contributed to cutting down more trees to have that comfortable beauty in your home?