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Choosing a Carpet Fiber

There are four common types of fiber that are used in carpeting. They are nylon, polypropylene, polyester, and wool.

Each fiber has its own characteristics, including strengths and weaknesses specific to it.


To be sure that you choose the right carpet for your home, you will need to understand the traits of the fiber types and how they will affect your future carpet’s performance.

As a flooring company, we offer all the latest carpet fibers, styles, and colors from the leading carpet manufacturers and will help you decide on which fiber type is best for you!


Nylon is the most popular fiber type and is preferred because of its strength, resilience, and texture retention.


This fiber type is soft yet durable and is easy to clean. 

Advanced generation nylons offer the latest in fiber technology along with the ability to conceal and resist messes.

Polypropylene (Olefin)

Polypropylene is extremely resistant to stains, fading, and moisture.


This fiber is solution dyed -- meaning the color is added during the fiber production instead of being applied afterwards. This process prevents the fiber colors from fading.


Because it is so resistant to moisture and mildew, polypropylene is a good choice for both outdoor and indoor areas including playrooms, kitchens, and dens.

Polyester (PET)

Polyester is known for its softness; it is ideal for thick pile styles. This fiber type is also naturally and permanently stain and fade resistant.


Polyester has excellent color clarity and retention, strength, and abrasion resistance. Carpets made from polyester are easy to clean, and they resist water soluble stains. 


This is a good choice for low to medium traffic areas.


Wool is the only natural fiber available and is the most durable.


Dust, dirt, and oil-based stains come out easily because wool naturally releases the messes rather than absorbing them. Wool is also very resilient in high traffic areas.


It’s also environmentally friendly because it comes from a renewable resource.


Given its hardiness, wool is the most expensive fiber and is generally used only in luxury carpets and area rugs.

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