my take on this very important subject:
Nylon is the
best wearing, and most durable synthetic fiber available. It is more expensive
then Olefin and Polyester and you may choose another fiber for this reason, but nylon is well-known for being the best choice if you want your
carpet to last a long time and look like new longest. Read about Sorona
the most resilient fiber and outperforms all
other synthetic fibers with regards to matting and crushing. It wears well, resists abrasion and is easy to
in hundreds of beautiful styles and colors. Nylon
is the best wearing, most durable fiber available. Insist on nylon to reap
Easy to clean
Resistant to damage from oil
and many chemicals
Can be pre-colored or dyed
in wide range of colors
Most resilient of all fibers
Low in moisture absorbency
Some people love
the elegant look and soft feel of Wool carpets but can't afford to spend $100 per yard.
Homeowners have a less expensive option with a new type of "softer"
Sold under the registered or trademarked names of Tactesse®, Lisse'®, Anso
Caress® and others, these soft nylon carpet fibers may be exactly what you are
While less expensive than wool, the prices for this softer nylon
carpet fiber will be higher than most standard nylon carpets, and there are some
drawbacks to buying a "softer" nylon carpet... mainly durability.
There is a trade-off you must consider if you want to have a very soft carpet.
Price is number one, and durability is number two.
If you have heavy foot
traffic in your home and you want your new carpet to last 20 year or more...
then you might want to stay away from a soft nylon. You definitely want to stay
away from P.E.T and Polyesters and Sorona or Smartstrand is not what I would
suggest. In a heavy foot traffic application, a standard denier nylon is what I
less than heavy traffic situations, ask to see these
softer nylon carpet styles at your carpet dealer, but more importantly, be
sure you know if this style of carpet will meet your needs, goals and lifestyle.
These softer nylons are not meant for every residential situation. They
may not be suitable for heavy traffic applications where you expect your new
carpet to last 20-years or more.
Soft nylons have a thinner strand and
that might make the pile less resilient and more prone to matting or crushing. In any case, a
thinner nylon strand will be less resilient and not as durable as a standard
denier nylon strand.
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or CFN Mean?
Filament Fiber vs. Nylon Staple Fiber
Nylon is the most
durable fiber, but not all nylons are created equal. You need to understand the
difference between a carpet labeled 100%
Nylon and another carpet
labeled Nylon B.C.F.
Choosing wisely can make a huge difference in how DURABLE your carpet is and
long your new carpet look like new!
Why do some
carpets fuzz and shed?
Olefin is a strong
and good-looking synthetic fiber that is inexpensive to manufacture. Most
are made of Olefin. Olefin wears well and has good stain resistance when
anti-stain treatment is applied.
Olefin has good anti-static properties.
However, Olefin is hard to keep clean because it tends to attract dirt like a magnet. It
has poor resiliency so it mats down easily and tends to look dingy when soiled. It is also called
polypropylene or polyolefin. Outdoor grass styles are also made from Olefin.
Olefin is not the
best fiber selection for homes in most cases, however some have had great success
using a commercial level loop Olefin carpets. Glued directly to the floor,
commercial grade carpets made of polypropylene will last significantly longer than if used with a pad.
easily over glued-down commercial-grade level loop carpets made of
Polypropylene and is a
good choice for handicapped applications, schools, businesses, offices institutions and
retirement homes who want a carpet that is easy to clean and tolerate heavy
Resistant to mildew, rot and
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