If you are considering a Stainmaster Carpet purchase, you need to be aware of the recent changes that are cause for concern about the long term performance of your carpeting selection.
The History of Stainmaster—a brand that has lost its value
In 1986, the Stainmaster brand was introduced by Dupont. From day one, they revolutionized the carpet industry with a familiar stain-resistant technology that had never before been available in carpet. Recently the brand has been passed on to Lowes. Stainmaster carpet has been sold in thousands of retail locations, becoming the most recognized carpet fiber brand in the country. As of today, the brand has been extended into residential flooring with new products in carpet, tile, vinyl and more.
“Stainmaster carpet” refers to any type of rug or carpeting manufactured using the Stainmaster Brand fiber. Like the name implies, in the past, Stainmaster carpets have been specially engineered to provide superior, long-lasting stain resistance. There is science behind their high-performance Nylon 6,6 carpet, with soil and stain resistance technology.
Nylon 6,6 Fiber is what made Stainmaster the leader in carpet fiber technology, but that has changed.
If you care about quality, you probably don’t buy food without a quick glance at the ingredients first. High-quality ingredients make a high-quality product, after all. When it comes to carpet, one of the highest quality fibers available on the market is Nylon 6,6. Stainmaster refers to the fiber used to make the carpet, and all carpet manufacturers use various brands and types of fiber with varying degrees of performance. Nylon 6,6 is the best performing synthetic fiber for carpet on the market.
Reinforced with Teflon—the same material that helps non-stick pans repel grime and grease so effectively—Nylon 6,6 is the cutting edge in carpet technology. Nylon 6,6 is the not-so-secret magic ingredient that has historically made Stainmaster carpets so highly durable and soil-resistant, outlasting and outperforming carpets made of lower quality materials.
Until their most recent brand transfer, Stainmaster partnered with a select network of flooring retailers across the United States, where customers could buy a wide range of Stainmaster products from knowledgeable flooring experts. Shopping at a flooring retailer like Coles ensured that you could get a quality product, with no risk of knockoffs. With the recent purchase of the Stainmaster brand, the assurance of a quality product has been dramatically diminished.
The Stainmaster Brand is now applied to fibers that do not perform like Nylon 6,6 Carpets
Under new ownership with Lowes, the Stainmaster Brand name can be applied to any other carpet sold under the Lowes name. This becomes an issue when the question of quality arises. If you can no longer trust that every Stainmaster carpet is made from the top-of-the-line Nylon 6,6 fiber, you can no longer guarantee the kind of quality Stainmaster has built a reputation on since 1986.
Fortunately, Stainmaster is not the only brand of fiber used in the manufacture of carpets from Nylon 6,6. Coles cares deeply about providing the highest quality products and still carries several other Nylon 6,6 options with all the same strength and stain resistance that Stainmaster provided before the recent change. You can get more information on High Performance Nylon Carpets here.
Stainmaster Pet Protect is not the only fiber to provide pet owners with top quality, high performing carpet options
Stainmaster’s PetProtect carpet comes with all the same features as their main lines, with added features to help release pet hair, resist pet stains and reduce pet odors. Luckily there are many other carpets on the market that offer 0% moisture absorption to reduce pet odors in the carpet fiber, spill and soil protection for quick and easy cleanup, and superior resistance to dirt, hair, and pet dander. They also offer comparable (or better) warranties to Stainmaster, including “all pets, all accidents, all the time.”
Coles: A Carpet Brand that you can trust
Shop Local and trust that you are getting exactly what you’re asking for with high quality Nylon 6,6 carpets from Coles Fine Flooring—Family Owned and Operated since 1947.
Unlike the big box stores, our professional designers are specialists in flooring and can guide you through the carpet selection process and help you choose the right product for your lifestyle. For all your flooring needs—Carpet, Vinyl, Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, and Area Rugs—our designers will make sure you are completely satisfied with your choice.