my test of mohawk smartstrand vs shaw anso R2X carpet with pics
I finally got my hands on some samples of Mohawk smartstrand today. I already had some of Shaws Anso Rx2. So I set about to test both of these carpets for BLEACH resistence as they both claim to have it. My own carpet has some bleach damage, that and ink are they only "stains" I have been unable to remove. My own home however has crappy carpet. Our new home will be better.
After the lady at carpetland poured pop on the shaw carpet and it refused to soak in i was intrigued. I tried this on the mohawk today and it soaked in- but it turns out the mohawk did better on my tests.
I describe the test in my photobucket album with the 6 pics. I will also describe it here:
The following were tested in equal amounts and both carpets passed I think. You can take a look and see what you think.
Ketchup ground in- I think they both passed but you look and see. I put this to the 2 lightest color samples
Mud ground in- both passed
Red koolaid - both passed. I put this to the 2 lightest color samples
vegetable oil- both passed, which surprised me as it soaked in to the mohawk I assumed it would fail- but it passed.
Permanent sharpie marker scribbled onto carpet to make a 1/2 inch stain- both passed- I used bleach to get it out on both samples. The bleach alone was fine, but when I mixed it with something else Shaw was damaged.
Pilot Gold marker scribbled on to make a 1 " stain. This is kind of like paint. You have to pump the pen to get it out. I used to use this for plant labels as it was weather resistent for a few years. This might show just a hint on the Mohawk. The Shaw however was damaged with the same removal cruelty I imposed.
Acetone ( nail polish remover) used straight it was fine. I used it with other chemicals trying to remove the above ink and the shaw not the mohawk showed damage.
Bleach- used as directed as a stain remover at one of the carpet websites for this type of carpet. the dilution is 1 : 5 bleach : water Since both carpets did fine I put it on straight for 5 minutes. Both passed! When I couldn't get the above ink out I used bleach then acetone. Thats when the shaw got damaged. The Mohawk did not.
I realize this is not how a person it supposed to treat carpet. I was not treating these samples normally. I was abusing them. I was not reading instructions on how best to remove the stains as my kids and hubby would not read instructions. I just thought you might be interested in how things turned out.
I have not done any tests on general foot wear. I'd appreciate knowing what you think of these 2 types of carpet in high traffic wear situations. Thanks
Karen ( gardener and today a scientist....)
Here is a link that might be useful: 6 pics- can read it there if you'd rather