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About Carpet Fibers

By Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate

 

How to Compare Carpet Fibers -  Nylon vs. Polyester

 

The #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 Smartstrand). Each carpet fiber has advantages and disadvantages. It's up to you to learn how to choose the right carpet fiber that will meet your needs and goals and fit your budget too. 

 

 

 

Here's my expert advice for you on this very important subject:

 

The NYLON 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. 

 

Read about Sorona / Smartstrand vs. Nylon

 

Nylon is 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 clean.  It comes in hundreds of beautiful styles and colors. Nylon is the best wearing, most durable fiber available. Insist on nylon to reap these benefits:

 

  • Exceptionally strong fiber

  • Most Durable - Great for heavy foot-traffic applications, stairs and hallways

  • Abrasion resistant

  • Easy to clean, returns to like-new condition after a professional cleaning

  • Resistant to damage from oil and many household chemicals

  • Can be re-dyed in wide range of colors

  • Most resilient of all fibers - resists matting and crushing

  • Low in moisture absorbency

  • Best Value for the money!

 

 

"Soft" Nylon Fibers

Some people love the elegant look and soft feel of Wool carpets but can't afford to spend $100+ per square yard. 

 

Homeowners have a less expensive option with a new type of "softer" nylon carpet. 

 

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 looking for. 

 

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 would suggest. 

 

In 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. 

 

Learn more about Carpet Fiber Denier

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Does BCF or CFN Mean?

 

Continuous 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!

 

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Carpets Made Of Olefin Fiber (aka Polypropylene)

 

Olefin is a strong and good-looking synthetic fiber that is inexpensive to manufacture. Most inexpensive Berbers 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.

 

Wheelchairs roll 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 foot traffic.

 

  1. Abrasion resistant

  2. Colorfast

  3. Quick drying

  4. Low static

  5. Resistant to mildew, rot and weather

  6. Strong

  7. Sunlight and fade resistant

  8. Lightweight 

 

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