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Cushion Backing

Comfort Plus® & Underscore™ are Milliken’s latest generation cushion backing systems and are standard on Milliken 
modular carpet products. In addition to providing superior underfoot comfort and significantly improving the carpet’s wear 
performance, these cushion backings also offer ergonomic, acoustic, and environmental benefits.

Milliken cushion backing protects the carpet face from wear and can extend the carpet’s life by up to 40%. Acting like an 
insulating shock absorber, Milliken cushion backings protect against wear, improve appearance retention and enhance 
comfort and safety. Cushion backing also helps Milliken carpets earn test ratings of Heavy and Severe in the TARR system.

Milliken cushion-backed carpet tiles are unmatched in moisture management. They stop liquids at the surface and wick 
moisture away from the sub-floor thereby reducing conditions for mold and mildew growth. By allowing high levels of 
moisture to be transported through the tile, Milliken modular tiles can handle water vapor emissions up to 85% relative 
humidity. This unique feature eliminates one less worry about carpet in a high-humidity environment.

Cushion Improves Acoustics

Much emphasis is placed on the need to reduce unwanted noise in corporate and public spaces. Reducing noise levels 
can improve comfort, well-being, the ability to concentrate and yield higher performance and productivity. Milliken 
cushion-backed tiles achieve an improvement in sound absorption performance by absorbing sounds across a wide range 
of frequencies including those most associated with human speech. Milliken’s cushioned carpet tiles absorb up to 50% 
more noise than hard-backed carpets and up to 12X more than hard surface and rubber flooring. Better yet, the new LEED 
v4 rewards designers for providing spaces that facilitate better communications by offering up to 2 LEED points. Clearly, 
acoustics matter.

Sustainable

TractionBack®

TractionBack® is a remarkable bio-based, high-friction coating that keeps our PVC-free carpet tile securely in-place without 
additional adhesives, floor sealers or primers. Applied during the manufacturing process, carpet tiles with TractionBack® 
require no manipulation, additional taping, or gluing steps in the field. Ready to install out-of-the-box makes installation, 
moving, or replacing Milliken carpet easier on you and the environment.

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Reduces or eliminates the need to prime or seal the 
floor

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Reduces or eliminates adhesive cost and saves on 
installation labor

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Eliminates the tools and labor to add other attachment 
mechanisms to the carpet tile

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Reduces or eliminates time spent spreading wet 
adhesives and waiting to dry

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Eliminates unnecessary waste like ‘peel and stick’ 
film covers

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Reduces or eliminates VOC off-gassing typically 
associated with floor sealants and adhesives allowing 
faster carpet installation and space habitation

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Stays in place even under high water vapor emissions

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Allows high levels of moisture to be transported 
through the tile

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Reduces or eliminates damage to raised access floors 
and high-quality sub-floors, leaving little or no residue

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Tiles can be lifted and re-placed multiple times without 
losing traction effect

StainSmart®

StainSmart® is a proprietary treatment applied to Milliken 
modular carpets to provide Stain Repel, Stain Resist and Soil 
Release characteristics. This treatment provides state-of-
the-art protection against penetrating stains and soil. It’s 
a dual action technology that enables liquid and oil-based 
spills to bead up and be easily removed from the carpet. The 
treatment becomes an inherent part of the carpet so it’s 
durable over years of use, even in high traffic.

Stain Repel: StainSmart allows many liquid spills to be 
blotted and removed easily before they can penetrate 
beyond the carpet surface.

Stain Resist: This chemistry blocks the dye sites of the nylon 
fiber, lessening the ability of a stain to bond with the fiber.

Soil Release: Prevents soil from adhering to or embedding 
in the fiber surface and enhances the efficiency of soil 
removal when proper cleaning techniques are followed. 

Milliken warrants that carpet treated with StainSmart will 
resist soiling and staining during the lifetime* of the carpet. 
Proper maintenance is vital to the long-term effectiveness 
of the StainSmart treatment. Soaps used in wet-cleaning 
processes, especially spin bonnet, can cause rapid resoiling 
and effectively negate the protection built into the product. 
Milliken recommends the milliCare® Textile and Carpet Care 
Service Network.

*Lifetime is defined as the period of time that the original purchaser of the carpet 

chooses to keep the carpet on the floor at the original installation site.

At Milliken, sustainability is core to our culture. We believe a healthy enterprise and healthy earth are vitally linked. We care 
about and respect each other, our customers, and the world we share. While we hold ourselves accountable to the highest 
ethical standards, we derive our greatest satisfaction from creating innovations that help solve the worlds’ problems at a 
human level—adding value to people’s lives, improving health and safety, and making this world sustainable.

Milliken has also demonstrated a commitment to transparency by disclosing the components of our commercial carpet tile 
products through Declare®, a voluntary labeling program and database operated by the International Living Future Institute™, 
and complies with the Red List Imperative of the Living Building Challenge™.

Examples of Our Commitment

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Zero waste to the landfill from our Milliken US carpet 
manufacturing facilities since 1992.

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52% of the energy used in the manufacture of 
our carpet is renewable through company owned 
hydroelectric facilities and local landfill methane gas 
harvesting.

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All Milliken products have Environmental Product 
Declarations (EPD’s) that are third party certified by 
Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

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All Milliken Carpet products are free of the 15 Red List 
chemicals defined in the Living Building Challenge.

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Product Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) are used 
for New Product Development. Milliken has used 

the Design for Environment (DfE) process for our 
commercial carpet products since 2002.

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Our Comfort Plus® polyurethane backed cushion 
increases the life of carpet more than 40%.

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All Milliken Carpet products are 3rd party certified 
NSF-140 Gold or Platinum.

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All U.S. plants are certified as OSHA VPP STAR Sites.

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All carpet manufacturing sites are ISO-14001 
Certified—the highest  global standard for 
environmental responsibility.

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First US carpet manufacturer to obtain carpet 
manufacturing certification for the ISO 9000 Series 
Standard for quality.

Advantages of Milliken Carpet Tile

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