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Surfaces release 1.27

January 27, 2012
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Surfaces Flooring Show 2012
Las Vegas, NV.
Submitted by:
Bill Griffin, President
Cleaning Consultant Services, Inc.

The Surfaces Floor Covering Show opened this week with a wide offering of seminars and a jam packed exhibit hall. As I walked the aisles I kept my eye open for new trends that will impact professional cleaner in the future and here’s what caught my eye:

- New ultra soft fibers are being introduced by carpet manufacturers’. The Silk feel is in. Time will tell how they hold up to traffic and cleaning. I have my doubts.

- More wool and less nylon fibers were present this year. Mohawk has a carpet fiber made of 37% corn fiber. They were also promoting their recycled carpet fiber which is made from used pop bottles.

- Color are changing, things are brightening up a bit. Less earthtone colors were present this year and more pastels were on display. Expect to see more green, pink and yellow in homes over the next few years.

- Chinese products played a bigger role at the show than ever before. Booths from China were displaying carpet, stone, ceramic, wood, rubber, laminates, all types of vinyl’s, carpet cushion and installation tools and the list goes on. I didn’t see any Chinese concrete yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see it next year.

- There are a lot of varieties of wood available and they are more exotic than ever before, end grain, self-stick, highly textured surfaces and wide planks up to 14 inches were on display.

- Laminate products are getting heavier and thicker, with deeper graining and wild patterns and textures. A laminate from China had a waterproof ceramic backing board.

- There were a lot of exotic rug and carpet styles on display. Many were made of polyester or polypropylene fiber and imported from China. There is no way these products are going to hold up or respond well to cleaning processes. The disposable carpet has arrived.

- Green and sustainable labels and content percentages were being promoted in many booths. Ceramic tile, grout, cushion and even some wood floors now contain recycled materials.

- Vinyl sheet goods were present with new easy to install backing and surfaces with less shine, Nano particle coatings and Scotch Guard treated for stain resistance.

- Beveled edges on laminates flooring and luxury vinyl tile were common place, I think manufactures like the beveled edge as it tends to hide slight differences in edge height which might otherwise be seen as a manufacturing defect.

I was impressed with all the new products and innovations I came across. Some will make cleaning and maintenance easier and others will certainly complicate the issue for us several years down the road.
Next I’m headed to the World of Concrete Show to see what new with world’s most widely used floor material.

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