Carpet Materials

  • Manager
  • April 25, 2013 7:20 pm
  • Carpet

The most resilient carpet fibers on the market today are wool and nylon.

Nylon Carpet

Nylon is going to be more common of the two. Nylon is strong, easy to dye for the carpet mills making it readily available. Nylon is highly recommended if you have some very high traffic areas in your home. Purchasing tightly twisted, medium dense carpet that is multicolored, “cut Berber”, to help hide traffic and soil, and you will love the way it looks new for years. Solution dyed nylon is an excellent choice where durability and stain resistance are both important factors.

Softer Nylons today come in various brands and will have names such as; Anso Caress; DuraSoft; Tactesse. These types of nylon do cost a little more because of the manufacturing process. This type of carpet is wonderfully soft and has a non luster look.

Wool Carpet

Wool fiber makes for a great piece of carpet, but isn’t always as readily available on the market as nylon. Wool is naturally fire resistant and lasting. Wool can be too expensive to be practical in most installations. It also has poor stain resistance especially to blood and urine. Wool holds about 30% of its weight in water therefore it dries more slowly than nylon fiber. Since wool is a natural fiber, mold, mildew, and insects can present a problem. It does have excellent soil-hiding quality, it’s extremely durable if properly cared for and has a very soft luxurious feel.

Polyester Carpet

Polyester can be a decent fiber if constructed properly, depending on the density, twist, face weight and height of the carpet pile. There is a P.E.T Polyester on the market, also known as 3GT or the long term, Polyethylene Terephthalate. The Polyester fibers are constructed from recycled soda pop bottles. This type of carpet fiber is known to be harder to stain and easier to remove when stained. This fiber is not very resilient compared to Nylon or Wool.

Polypropylene Carpet

Polypropylene or OLEFIN is typically found in very low cut pile, or Berber carpets. If used for an indoor setting be sure it’s a low cut piece of because higher piles will crush or mat down rather easily. This type of carpet fiber performs well in high traffic areas and can be hard to stain. This type of carpet is being used more for outdoor or office use. Olefin has great stain resistance, durability, chemical resistance, and fade resistance, although it has virtually no resilience (it severely mats), and it attracts oily soil of which sometimes requires more aggressive cleaning. Its lower melting point may be a problem when furniture is dragged over it, resulting in damaged fibers. Low profile level-loop olefin is a good choice where stain resistance is critical, such as commercial buildings or apartment buildings.

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