Carpet Dye methods
You’ve chosen the style, brand, texture and thickness of your new carpeting (and the pad beneath). Now it’s time for one of your most important decisions: the color. If you thought that the salesman was going to hand over a small color wheel and tell you to pick one form there you’d be wrong. These days, color options are virtually limitless. Many consumers are even opting to have their new carpeting custom-colored to match their furniture and taste perfectly. This may cost a little more, but for many, it’s an investment worth the price tag.
As is the case with most custom-made products, there are a few things to consider when custom coloring your new carpets. First is the type of carpet dye method that will be used. After all, the final result may depend a great deal on the method the manufacturer uses to get that individual (and often unique) color in the first place.
Here are the four basic carpet dye methods used throughout the industry. Understanding each will help you make a better choice when choosing your new carpets – and color.
- Jet-back color enhancement is the most common carpet dye method used in the industry. Since it uses pressure to penetrate the carpet fibers with the dye, it is much faster and easier than other coloring methods. This helps keep the cost down too. To Jet-back a carpet, the dye is placed in a vat, and then put into a pressure-cooker type machine to get the color into the rug fibers.
- Kuster dyeing allows the coloring process to be carefully monitored to avoid any type of sidematch shading which could make seaming impossible. BY placing the carpeting on a conveyer belt, a computer can perfectly match and spray the dye using rows of jets underneath.
- Beck dyeing is the preferred method of carpet dye methods (although it is more expensive). It involves cooking the carpet in a vat of coloring until the dye has evenly penetrated the entire carpet. This method offers the least risk of sidematched shading.
- The most fade resistant of the carpet dye methods is yarn dye, in which the yarn used to make the carpet is dyed first, than woven into the a carpet. Most often used in commercial carpeting, it offers the least amount of chance of any shading or seaming problems.