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Bentley Prince Street No-Adhesive Contact Release™ Carpet Backing System

Contact Release’s thin acrylic polymer bonds the carpet to virtually any clean, smooth and dry surface.

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Using Bentley Prince street Free Lay™ Technology

Bentley Prince Street, California’s largest commercial carpet manufacturer, has launched Contact Release, a unique new backing system that uses Free Lay technology to install carpet without adhesives or tackstrip.

Providing both technical and environmental advantages, the Contact Releasev system eliminates measurable harmful VOCs emitted during the traditional installation process, which is now almost entirely odor free. Contact Release is now available on all Bentley Prince Street broadloom products.

Carpet with Free Lay Technology

Using Contact Release’s patented Free Lay technology, a thin acrylic polymer is applied to the attached polyurethane carpet backing, which bonds the carpet to virtually any clean, smooth and dry surface without using special installation or removal equipment. The longer the carpet stays in place, the stronger the bond becomes. While the carpet will not move laterally, it can easily be lifted off the floor. This new technology makes installation quick and simple, saving time and resources as well as eliminating typical installation problems. It also allows the installer to precisely precut the carpeting to fit the covered area. On certain surfaces such as unsealed concrete, plywood, particle board, damaged smooth surfaces, and metal, a one-time application of an acrylic floor polymer is required.

Temporary Carpet Laying is Removable and Patchable

Because the bond never becomes permanent, carpet can easily be removed at the end of its life cycle and replaced with new carpet having the Contact Release system. This unique feature significantly cuts down on both the cost and time of carpet removal and installation. Another advantage to using the system is that worn or soiled sections can be cut out of the carpet and replaced.

Free Form Design with Contact Release Carpet

Beyond technical advantages, Contact Release also means much greater design creativity, making it easier to install visual elements such as free-form designs, borders, insets and outfills. Because the entire backing surface adheres to the substrate, it also improves carpet performance and appearance, with greater resistance to buckling and wrinkling as well as seam shrinkage and visibility.

Contact Release Carpet Installation and Applications

Contact Release can be installed on any properly-prepared surface, including concrete, plywood, particle board, finished wood, vinyl, metal, terrazzo, and ceramic, porcelain and vinyl tile. It also works well for installations in almost any environment – from corporate offices to hotels to healthcare settings.

About Bentley Prince Street

Bentley Prince Street manufactures and markets broadloom and carpet tile products for commercial interiors across the globe. Bentley Prince Street is committed to sustainable commerce and innovations to integrate style and function with environmental practices through its Mission Zero™ goal of eliminating any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. The company maintains third-party certification to the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. Based in Los Angeles County, California, Bentley Prince Street is a subsidiary of Interface, Inc., a global provider of floorcoverings. For more information, please visit

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