Does anyone have experience with DuPont Tactesse nylon carpet? Does it
wear as well as other nylon? I like the look and feel of it. I think
it has some sort of softening process done to it to make it more pliable
then other nylon, but I worry that might also effect wear and appearance
sooner. I think it does show tracks more than others of the same
density, but it's hard to tell from a small sample. The sample I'm
looking at is from Shaw Mills, face 51.2 oz; twist 5.5; density 3686;
PAR about 3.8; warranty 7 yr stain, 5 yr texture, 10 yr abrasive wear.
Dupont's Tactesse has a different fiber cross section which gives the
difference in feel. If you like the feel, and the look, buy it. No matter
what shape the fiber cross section, it is still Nylon 6.6, and will
wear/stain/etc. like any other Dupont Nylon. A 51 ounce product should hold
up very well for many years, providing you treat it properly by vacuuming it
FYI, I'm an engineer at Shaw..
Thanks, Kyle. That relieves a lot of my concerns. A sales person said
it had a "softening process" applied to the fiber which led me to
believe that some kind of chemical was used to change the structure of
it after it was manufactured. So it just uses a smaller diameter fiber
to gain the softness, or maybe an oval rather than round fiber? It
seems as though the tactesse carpets generally have a higher density
than other types in the same price range. Would that be to compensate
for a smaller diameter fiber or is that just a coincidence in the few
samples I"ve seen?
If I remember correctly (and it has been a long time since I looked at
fibers under a microscope - that isn't what I do...), most nylon has a
tri-lobal cross section. Tactesse has a different cross section, though I'm
not sure what it is. Also, I'm not "up" on Tactesse enough to know if/why
there are any fundamental density differences in products using Tactesse
versus nylon using a normal cross section.
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