The type of fiber and the way the carpet is constructed determines how well the carpet will stand up to spill, pets and family traffic. The better the fiber and the denser it is packed, the better the carpet will perform.
Types of Carpet:
Cut Pile: One of today’s most popular constructions.
Level loop Pile: Loops are the same height creating an informal look. Lasts a long time in high-traffic areas. Berber styles are loop styles with flecks of a darker color. This is a good choice for contemporary to cottage styles.
Multi-level loop pile: This style has two to three different loop heights to create pattern effects. This provides good durability and a more casual look.
Cut – Loop Pile: The carpet combines cut and loop yarns. It provides a variety of surface textures.
Types of Fiber:
Nylon: Nylon fibers are wear resistant, resilient and provide brilliant color. Nylon fibers withstand the weight and movement of furniture and are generally good for all traffic areas. Nylon is also a great choice because it resists soils and stains.
Olefin (polypropylene): Olefin fibers are strong, resist wear and permanent stains and are easily cleaned. Olefin resists static electricity. It is often used in both indoor and outdoor installations because of its resistance to moisture and mildew.
Polyester: Polyester is noted for its luxurious soft hand when used in thick, cut-pile textures. It has good color clarity and retention, cleans easily and is inherently stain resistant.
Wool: Wool is a natural fiber that is noted for its luxury and performance. It is soft, has high bulk and is available in many colors and patterns. It is naturally stain resistant.
Fiber Pros & Cons:
Excellent dirt resistance
Excellent Stain resistance
East to Clean
Resists wear, crushing and matting
Dyes beautifully and retain color well
Great style and color versatility
Soft and luxurious texture
Resilient (less likely to crush)
Hides dirt well
Naturally repels liquids and dirt
Fire resistant and will not melt
Provides acoustic benefits
Requires professional cleaning (can’t be steam cleaned)
Moderate stain resistance
Lack color clarity
Susceptible to moths
Easy to clean
Limited color range
Limited styling in cut pile
Less resistant to oily soil
May heat scar from friction
Soft and luxurious in texture
Good stain resistance
Good color fastness and color range
Poor dirt resistance