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Our carpet buying guide provides you quick and easy
details of valuable things to know about carpeting, including fibers
and styles. Whether you're searching for the softest carpet possible, or a durable carpet that can withstand a lot of wear
and tear, you can find answers to many of the most common questions in this section.
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As the most common carpet fiber, nylon is popular for its strength, high resistance to heat,
stains, fading, and retaining its appearance. Nylon is mildew resistant
and has very few weak points overall when used for home installation. This type of carpet fiber should be treated to resist
stains and static.
Recommendation: Nylon is excellent in high traffic areas of your home as it is the
strongest and the most durable of the fiber types.
Polypropylene is the fastest growing type of carpet fiber in the U.S. and is well–known for being naturally
resistant to fading, staining and static. In fact, Olefin resists stains and static better than any other fiber.
Polypropylene fibers are dyed in their solution state rather than after completion, limiting the selection of colors for this
type of carpet.
Recommendation: Polypropylene's natural ability to resists stains makes it a good choice
for areas from to food spills. Polypropylene also resists static so it's a good choice for areas around computer and
With an appearance and texture similar to wool, acrylic carpeting can serve as a more affordable alternative to wool
carpeting. Acrylic is dirt and static resistant. It is highly fade resistant and has a wide color range availability, but is
likely to fuzz and pill easily.
Recommendation: Acrylic carpet is not in wide use today. Fuzzing/shedding of acrylic fibers
should not last more than 6 months.
Polyester fiber is a synthetic material best known for 1970s Shag carpet. The polyester fibers of today bear little
resemblance to their groovy 1970s ancestors. Polyester fibers dye exceptionally well, producing crisp colors. They are soft
and feel luxurious to the touch, which makes them crush and lose resiliency faster than other fibers. Polyester is
hypo–allergenic and extremely fade and stain resistant.
Recommendation: Your bare feet will love the feel of polyester carpeting and because
bedrooms normally receive low traffic, this fiber's tendency to matt and crush will be minimized.
Wool is the oldest carpet fiber known to man. Extremely durable and luxurious, wool can be relatively expensive. Most
of the wool used in carpets is imported, with the best quality wool coming from New Zealand. Wool is naturally fire
retardant and extremely resistant crushing. As a natural fiber, it can aggravate the condition of specific allergies. Wool
carpeting is a very long lasting product when not used in high traffic areas. Special care should be taken in cleaning wool
fibers and in protecting against moths.
Recommendation: If can you afford to spend a fair amount of money on your carpeting, wool
offers a luxurious alternative for your home
Although cotton is one of the softest carpet fibers, it is not very stain resistant and can absorb moisture easily. This
results in faster wear and tear from foot traffic and frequent required cleaning.
Recommendation: Wall to wall cotton carpeting is not generally recommended.
SmartStrand, or Dupont Sorona, are nylon fibers with stain resistance incorporated into the manufacturing process,
rather than added to the finished product. These stain resistant brands offer great durability with permanent, engineered in
stain resistance that will never wear or wash off.
NOTE: Wear–dated and Stainmaster are a type of fiber brand.
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