Carpet Tile FAQs

Carpet Tile FAQs

We'll try and help explain all the terminology used in the carpet tile industry, to help you make an informed decision why buying your carpet tile.

Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to Cradle is a vision which guides companies through a constant improvement process whilst at the same time helping the planet. The Cradle to Cradle approach is to create a cyclical process. The main goal is to try and eliminate waste altogether. Waste from one process is used in other processes so that nothing is wasted.

There are five standards which Cradle to Cradle firms must adhere to. Material Health – ensuring all of the chemical elements in products are defined as positive. Material Reutilisation – find materials that can be reused when a product is taken back after use. Water Stewardship – manage clean water as a precious resource and a basic human right. Social Fairness  - show that they live up to the highest ideals of responsibility in regard to their staff. Also, try and ensure companies they use also respect these values. And renewable energy use. A product is then given a level in each area — basic, bronze, silver, gold, or platinum. The lowest level being the product’s overall mark.

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DESSO EcoBase has been designed with the environment in mind. Made from 100% positively defined materials, it includes upcycled calcium carbonate (chalk) from local drinking water firms. And while other backings such as bitumen are hard to recycle, EcoBase can be fully and safely recycled in Desso's own production process. This backing has a Cradle to Cradle Gold rating. While all ranges that have this backing are Cradle to Cradle Silver certified.


A fairly new product, Econyl launched in 2011. It is made by Aquafil Global, a leading maker of Nylon 6, also known as polyamide 6. Econyl is made from 100% regenerated nylon. It is a form of nylon that is made from waste products which include discarded fishing nets, carpets and rigid textiles. It aims to be an eco-friendly option compared to the original product which is made from a by-product of oil.


TacTiles are an innovative way of fitting Interface modular flooring. These simple little (75mm x 75mm) clear squares are adaptable, strong and have great environmental qualities. It means no glue is needed, which makes installation quicker as there is no drying or waiting time, meaning little disruption to the workplace. They also emit almost no VOC’s.
They have great horizontal grip and create a “floating floor” effect. TacTiles stick the tiles to each other meaning there is no damage to the subfloor.  It also means soiled or damaged tiles can easily be removed or replaced. They are also ideal for helping to easily transform flooring designs.

Function Plus Backing (Milliken)

Function Plus is Milliken’s opening price point backing option. It is a great choice where budgets are tight, and acoustics and comfort are not so vital. Function Plus has basic underfoot comfort and acoustic performance as provided by a soft textile surface versus a hard floor covering, yet still comes with a 10-year wear guarantee. While its unique makeup offers enhanced dimensional stability, even though its 10% lighter than other hardback carpet tiles. It also means carpet tiles with this backing are more flexible and easier to install.

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Comfort Plus Backing (Milliken)

Comfort Plus Backing is Milliken’s premium backing option. It offers luxury underfoot comfort yet contains 90% recycled content. Comfort Plus also reduces noise impact and areas fitted with this backing will be quieter than with any hardback product. Cushion back carpets also last longer than hardback carpets. This is because the cushion backing absorbs the effects of wear and protects the face of the carpet. This means Milliken can offer a 15-year wear guarantee for those carpets that have the Comfort Plus backing.

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Carbon Neutral Floors (Interface)

Global warming has an impact on everyone. So, Interface decided to try and do something about it. They were the first global producer to announce that all of their products, including LVT and carpet tiles, are carbon neutral across the entire product lifecycle. They have looked at the whole process when it comes to carbon neutrality. This starts with the raw materials. They then looked at other stages - manufacturing, transport, customer use and also product take-back and recycling options. And then balancing what they can’t avoid with carbon offsets, like reforestation.

Interface Carbon Neutral Floors help you lower your carbon footprint. This allows you to reduce the emissions impact of your project while helping to meet your own sustainability targets.

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Skinny Planks (Interface)

Skinny Planks are a modern alternative to the traditional square tile. These 25x 100cm tiles or “planks” offer new design options, with more flexibility and creative freedom.  Use these together with square tiles for even more design possibilities. This format in the right colour also gives you the chance to achieve the continuous look of broadloom, creating a classic look, but with the benefits of modular flooring. As well as carpet, skinny planks are also available in some LVT ranges.  This creates the look of a real wood floor while also giving you a flooring that is soft and adaptable.

Graphlex®️ (Interface)

The right backing is a key part of any flooring. Graphlex is a high-performance backing which Interface use for most of their modular carpet tiles. Whilst this is their standard backing there is nothing standard about its quality or performance. A great all-rounder, it is suitable for most commercial settings. It can also be used with TacTiles. Forming a sturdy base for wall-to-wall installations it provides great stability and flatness and is designed to ensure tiles stay in place even with heavy use. It also passes the test for anti-static. This means it can be used in areas with electrical equipment. And with a high recycled content, it can help contribute to leading green building certification schemes.

More info about Interface backing types here.

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