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Every carpet is different and every carpet has positives and negatives you will want to consider when making a purchase. There are 4 types of Carpet Fibers to consider: is Nylon Fibers, PET (Polyester) Fibers, Polyproplene (Olefin), or PTT (Triexta Polyester).

Nylon Fiber

PROS:

  • Resilient Even after being compressed for extended periods of time, nylon will retain its original shape.
  • Non-absorbent Quick drying, nylon carpet absorbs less than eight percent of its weight in water.
  • Easy to clean Nylon won’t hold odors.

CONS:

  • Fading Fading may occur if it is exposed to direct sunlight for many years.
  • Not indestructible Nylon is still susceptible to damage from bleach and urine.

PET (Polyester) Fibers

PROS:

  • Comfortable: very soft to the touch
  • Stain and Fade: naturally stain and fade resistant.
  • Value: a great value.

CONS:

  • Wearability meant for low to medium traffic areas

Polypropylene (Olefin)

PROS:

  • Stain-resistant Even liquid spills are easy to clean on this material.
  • Cost-effective Polypropylene is relatively inexpensive.
  • Color-safe The colors you select will be the colors you keep throughout the lifespan of the carpet and does not react to bleach spills or absorb water
  • Comfortable Polypropylene possesses a unique velvety feel.

CONS:

  • Compresses easily
  • Can become discolored if it comes into contact with oil-based products

PTT (Triexta Polyester Fibers)

PROS:

  • Stain-resistant Polyester will not discolor, even from substances including red wine and pet urine.
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to clean and maintain

CONS:

  • Compresses under heavy loads
  • Less resilient
  • Oil can bond to the fibers causing discoloration this can lead to premature wearing.