Design Ally: Technical Services FAQ

Design Ally, Technical Services FAQs

Your questions, answered! Below we address some of our most frequently asked questions.

What does Red List Free mean? Which Carnegie products are Red List free? 

Red List Free means free of Living Building Challenge (LBC) problem chemicals and compounds. The good news is that Carnegie has no restrictions here. Our products have been vetted against the most current LBC list, and all of our products are LBC Red List Free. We can also provide you with “Declare” certification for Xorel products.

Is there anything I can add to drapery to help its cleanability?

A PFOA-free finish can be added to any drapery to help reduce the need to clean.

What ‘vinyl-type’ solutions does Carnegie offer?

Carnegie is a vinyl-free company and offers wipeable and durable pvc-free alternative solutions to vinyl for upholstery and wallcovering that meet and exceed Type-II requirements. 

What makes certain upholsteries IMO approved?

IMO stands for International Maritime Organization which is an agency of the United Nations that promotes maritime safety. When specifying an IMO upholstery, it either has to receive the Wheelmark or pass the IMO 2010 FTP Part 8 flammability test. To learn more about IMO and Carnegie’s solutions please watch our FAQ video.

What is the difference between acoustic transparency and absorbency?

When a material is acoustically transparent it means that the fabric should have an NRC ( Noise Reduction Coefficient) as close to 0 as possible. When using acoustically transparent fabrics the objective is for the sound to pass through the fabric and get trapped in the sound absorbing panel substrate.

When a fabric is acoustically absorbent, it means that the fabric itself will absorb and reduce the amount of sound in an environment. A fabric can be engineered to be acoustically absorbent by using special yarns, or more commonly by using a dense or heavy construction like a plush.

When considering sound absorption fabrics can help. As an example, at the window as the fullness of the drapery increases so does the sound absorption because the folds increase the curtain’s density thus improving the absorption sound.

Which type of acoustical material to use for your project all depends on the application and desired acoustics in the space. For guidance, you can connect with your Carnegie rep or partner with a Design Ally Designer.

What makes a product HHI or Kaiser approved?

A product is applicable for Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) and/or Kaiser Permanente (KP) approval if it is free of: vinyl, stain treatments, flame retardants, toxic chemicals of any kind, heavy metals, and antimicrobial treatments.

Carnegie has thoroughly vetted many product solutions for upholstery, wallcovering, panels, drapery and healthcare cubicle curtains.

What makes an upholstery fabric suitable for indoor/outdoor use?

For a fabric to be applicable for indoor/outdoor use, it needs to be made with solution dyed yarns that can withstand UV exposure. We evaluate colorfastness to light as well as degradation under various weather conditions. Carnegie offers a variety of indoor/outdoor solutions that are easy to clean as the materials allow most stains to be wiped off with a mild detergent and a damp cloth.

What makes certain draperies applicable for contract environments?

There are 4 “C’s” to be aware of when selecting the right drapery fabric for an indoor contract environment: codes, content, construction and cleaning. The most prominent of these is codes and the products specified should be tested for flammability, crocking and lightfastness.

What is ‘Antimicrobial’?

An Antimicrobial agent will kill or suppress the growth of microbes such as mold, mildew, fungi, bacteria on inanimate objects and surfaces.

Carnegie offers hundreds of solutions the fall into two different categories to achieve an Antimicrobial performance:

  1. Inherently Antimicrobial, meaning they do not promote the spread of microbes such as mold, mildew, fungi, bacteria on inanimate objects and surfaces. These fabrics can be safely cleaned / disinfected with EPA approved hospital grade disinfectant cleaners. All of Carnegie’s Xorel products are inherently antimicrobial as well as all of our Indoor/ Outdoor fabrics.
  2. Composed of many qualities that can have an Antimicrobial finish added prior to shipment.

Carnegie believes that a facility’s main weapon against microbes should be the correct cleaning protocols. We vet all of our products and specific cleaning instructions are available on our website for every fabric.

How do you install Xorel Artform panels to a wall?

Xorel Artform is very easy to install using any one of the following installation methods:

  • Quick Grab Method (wall and ceiling flush mounting)
  • Quick Grab Concrete Method (wall and ceiling flush mounting) 
  • Velcro Method (wall flush mounting ONLY) 
  • 3M Command Strip Method (wall flush mounting ONLY) 
  • Horizontal Suspension - Tiled (tiling 3 or more suspended panels together)
  • Horizontal Suspension - Individual (suspending panels individually) 
  • Vertical Suspension (suspending baffles) 

Installation materials are included with every shipment. In most cases, all an installer needs is a laser/level, caulk gun and hammer. Installation guides for all of the above methods can be found on the Installation page.

What are the differences between the Xorel backings? How do I choose which one to use?

Backing options for Xorel include X-Protect Wall, X-Sit, Acrylic Backing, and, for Acoustical Panels, unbacked Xorel. Our X-Protect backing technology (WC & UPH) is a high-performance backing that was designed to prevent stains and moisture from passing through the textile. This backing is 100% water repellant, bleach cleanable, and can be used with hospital-grade disinfectant cleaners.

How do I know what solutions are best for a LEED projects?

All Carnegie products have LEED Compliant HPD’s, and this material transparency can contribute to LEED points. Our entire product line is PVC-free, low VOC, and can contribute to LEED indoor air quality points. Selecting fabrics with recycled or biobased content can contribute to LEED points. We offer recycled and post-consumer recycled polyester textiles and our proprietary Biobased Xorel.

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