synthetic carpet

When it comes to wall-to-wall carpeting, the biggest share of the market goes to synthetic fibers. There are various reasons why home owners prefer to use synthetic fibers. These include stain resistance, durability and cost. Natural fiber carpets, such as wool carpets, tend to be a bit heavy on the pocket and susceptible to wear and tear more easily than their synthetic counterparts.

There are four main types of synthetic fibers used to make carpets. These are nylon, polyester, triexta and olefin. These fibers have varying characteristics, on top of different pros and cons.

POPULAR SYNTHETIC CARPET FIBERS

NYLON

This is one of the most ubiquitous synthetic fibers, and it is no wonder that it has been used to make carpets for many years. Nylon is preferred for carpets because it is resilient, and easily bounces back even when flattened. It is one of the best types of carpet for high-traffic areas in a home. This means that your heavy furniture will be no match for nylon carpeting. A nylon carpet is also easy to clean, and can resist stains when it has undergone stain treatment. The downside of nylon carpets is that they can be pricier than the other synthetic options.

POLYESTER

Polyester carpet is sometimes referred to as polyethylene terephthalate or PET in short. While this fiber is widely used for carpets, its resilience usually pales in comparison to nylon.

The good news is that advancements in polyester production in the recent past have brought forth latter day polyester that is more durable than it was in the past.

What’s more, polyester carpeting is usually made from recycled materials, which is a bonus for the environment. It is also a fact that polyester is highly resistant to stains, so you will not have to worry about the messes your little ones or pets make around the house.

TRIEXTA

This is a relatively new entrant to the synthetic fiber carpet market. While triexta (scientifically known as polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT)) shares a lot of similarities with polyester, a key difference is the resilience. Triexta is more durable than standard polyester. It is also softer than polyester, which is just perfect for those days you want to walk around the house barefoot.

OLEFIN

At first glance, you might confuse an olefin carpet with its wool counterpart. While it imitates its natural counterpart in terms of appearance, that is pretty much where the similarities end. Most customers will prefer to use olefin for basic products such as area rugs, where looped styles are applied. For cut-pile carpets, olefin will usually be considered last when compared to the other synthetic fibers as it is not durable.

There are good things to be said about olefin, though. It is highly stain resistant (except for oil based stains) and is also fade-resistant.

If you are considering getting a synthetic fiber carpet for your home or office, it is important to decide which trade-off between the pros and cons you can work with.

There is no perfect fiber, but one of these four should meet your requirements especially after you are clear on what those are. Engaging a professional in the carpet industry for insights also helps!

No matter the type of synthetic carpet you choose for your home, Arevalo Bros Chem-Dry in Chicago can clean it for you. Our green-certified process is perfect for nylon, polyester, Olefin and more. Learn more here.