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Alan Fletcher -
Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate
How to Compare Carpet Fibers - Nylon
#1 most important aspect in
selecting the right carpet for your home is selecting the right Carpet
Fiber that can meet your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget.
The most popular
synthetic Carpet Fibers are: Nylon, Olefin, Polyester and Sorona (aka
carpet fiber has advantages and disadvantages. It's up to you to
learn about all the options available and choose the
fiber that will meet your needs and goals and fit your budget too. I can
my expert advice for you on this very important subject:
NYLON Fiber (The most
durable and most resilient synthetic fiber)
Nylon is the
best wearing, and most durable synthetic fiber available today. 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 the longest.
all about Sorona
/ Smartstrand vs. Nylon
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 a carpet made
from Nylon to reap
Durable - Great for heavy foot-traffic applications, stairs and hallways
Easy to clean,
returns to like-new condition after a professional cleaning
Resistant to damage from oil
and many household chemicals
in wide range of colors
Most resilient of all fibers
- resists matting and crushing
Low in moisture absorbency
Value for the money!
Some people love
the elegant look and soft feel of Wool carpets but can't afford to spend $100+ per
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 many others, these are branded soft nylon carpet fibers, and may be exactly what you are
to watch out for...
While less expensive than wool, the prices for
a soft nylon
carpet fiber will be higher than most standard denier nylon carpets, and there are some
major drawbacks to buying a "softer" nylon carpet... mainly
durability and resiliency.
There is always a trade-off you must consider if you want to have a softer carpet.
Price is number one, and carpet
durability and resilience is number two.
makers are well aware the many homeowners want to buy a soft carpet. They go
out of their way to meet those needs by creating a thinner strand. However, a
softer carpet often translates into a less durable carpet.
softer carpet may also be more prone to matting and crushing of the pile,
especially in moderate to heavy foot-traffic areas like hallways, main traffic
lanes and stairs.
The Right Carpet Fiber.
If you have
moderate to heavy foot
traffic in your home and you want your new carpet to last 20 years or more...
then you might want to stay away from a soft nylon. You definitely want to stay
away from Olefins, P.E.T and Polyesters. I also would steer clear of Sorona (aka
Smartstrand by Mohawk) as this not a product I would suggest for moderate to
heavy foot traffic areas. In a moderate to heavy foot traffic application, a standard
denier, non-soft nylon is what I
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.
low to medium foot-traffic applications, you have more options to choose from
and less concerns about carpet durability and resiliency. Check out all carpet
fibers and the softer nylon carpet styles at your carpet dealer.
the Soft Polyester Carpet Scam... Learn more about
vs. Smartstrand Carpet Fibers
Learn more about
Fiber Denier - The fiber strand is the key to choosing the most durable
by Side: Continuous
Filament Fiber vs. Staple Fiber
Nylon is the most
durable Carpet 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
your carpet fiber 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 so much? Read
all about Carpet Shedding.
Made Of Olefin Fiber (aka Polypropylene)
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
and fade resistant
vs. Sorona Carpet Fibers
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