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InterfaceFLOR Offers a New Perspective on Carpet Tile

April 30, 2009
The editorial staff rates InterfaceFLOR’s Mantra carpet tiles

InterfaceFLOR’s Mantra carpet tile line is Carpet & Rug Institute Green Label Plus certified, and is made up of both post-industrial and post-consumer recycled content. Treated with Protekt²® soil/stain protection, the carpet holds up well to wear and tear, and to dirt.

The subtle play of texture and color that runs through Mantra’s intersecting lines creates a richness that’s balanced with restraint, giving the floor a calming presence. The carpet tile is available in a range of neutral colors, from brown to gray, and colors in between. It looks best installed with a quarter-turn layout or an ashlar layout.

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Cleanability We used a Sharpie to color on it, dumped coffee over it (and let the coffee sit), vacuumed up plaster and dust – and the carpet always cleaned up easily. One note: The coffee didn’t soak through to the backing, but did absorb into the carpet quickly, making it hard to actually find the stain to clean it.

Aesthetics The variegated pattern of stripes and raised rectangles offers a different aesthetic depending on how it’s installed and where you’re standing when you look at it. Multi-colored strands and lines can really play up (or play down) colors in your space, helping to tie rooms together. The color and texture also help to hide dirt and stains.

Sustainability This carpet is made with recycled content, which is a plus in our book. The percentage of recycled content isn’t really high – there are other carpets out there that include more – but it’s definitely a good start. With Green Label Plus certification, and labeled a SCS Sustainable Choice Gold/EPP, according to the NSF Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard, this carpet tile makes sense for green buildings.

Durability As is typical with most carpet tile, dragging heavy furniture or other objects repeatedly across the carpet can catch the fibers, and they tore out pretty easily. The tiles also moved and came up fairly easily because of the adhesive used to secure them to the subfloor. But, in a regular wear-and-tear environment (foot traffic, etc.), they would hold up well.

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