Nonwoven Textile Applications in the Flooring Industry
Nonwoven textile is a fabric that is produced by mechanically or chemically or thermally bonding staple fiber (short) and long fibers (continuous long), bonded together. Textile manufacturing industries often use the term to describe fabrics, such as felt, which are not woven or knitted.
Nonwoven textile is an engineered fabric that can be single-use, possess a limited lifespan, or be highly durable. Nonwoven textile has various properties like high absorbency, resilience, flame resistance, thermal and acoustic insulation, and filtration, making them suitable for a wide array of functions.
It is often used in many manufacturing industries like the automotive industry, to suit various needs. Apart from the automotive manufacturing industry, nonwoven textiles are integral parts of the modern flooring industries. Their sole purposes in the flooring industry are decorative, insulation, and protection services.
Nonwoven Fabric Uses in the Flooring Industry
Nonwoven textile is applied in different aspects of flooring, to improve walking comfort and enhance acoustics. It serves diverse purposes.
As carpets and carpet tiles
Nonwovens textile is used as a secondary option to carpets and tiles, to enhance walking comfort and provide thermal and acoustic insulation.
Experts regard nonwoven fabrics, as one of the most innovative designs in the flooring industry because they feature high dimensional stability and sustainability.
Nonwoven polyester textiles are often preferred to polypropylene textiles as a secondary backing for carpets because they are more dimensionally stable and they provide a better quality of finished flooring product.
As protection materials
Some hard-weaning nonwoven textiles made from synthetic fibers are developed to shield floors, carpets, and furniture during painting or other renovations processes. These textiles absorb water and paint, protect any surfaces underneath the fabric from damage.
These nonwoven textiles have an underside that has an adhesive laminated composite that acts as a barrier for liquids, and when you remove them, they leave no residue. The nonwoven textile, suitable for this protection are laminated using a strong anti-slip foil, to prevent any floor damage by paint or other renovation materials. It also ensures that you do not slip in cases whereby you are using a ladder.
As floor underlay materials
Nonwoven underlay textiles are installed under ceramics or other flooring products.
Nonwoven textile is highly efficient insulating underlay. Flooring industries often use it to absorb and reduce noise and to cushion the flooring. Nonwoven textiles absorb noise rather than deflect it, thereby providing a deep and rich sound. Nonwoven textile underlay is produced by using recycled fibers and compressing them using a high thermal bonding procedure. The nonwoven overlay shields engineered and laminated floors from any moisture from the subfloor.