Needle punching is a process of carpet manufacturing in which a matted layer of short staple fibers are punched with barbed needles into a spun, synthetic scrim and intertwined to form a mat of surface fiber. The mat is usually 3/8 thick (more or less) and appears like a very thick felt. Most needle punch carpet is manufactured using olefin staple yarn which is solution-dyed. This provides an unusually colorfast carpet that dries quickly and is very sunlight resistant. This makes needle punched carpet extremely useful for pool deck areas and in locker rooms where extreme moisture is found, on patios, and as entry mats.
Needle punch carpet may have a backing (usually a spun polypropylene) or it may use a latex coating to hold the fibers in place. Some needle punched carpet styles may have a urethane (padding) backing.
Needle punch is manufactured in a variety of widths and some needle punch is manufactured into carpet tile.
About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.