Carpeting: Know Your Fibers and What Wears Best

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Wool – Ultra-soft wool is considered the premier fiber in carpet construction. It has excellent resilience and durability and is the most green carpet fiber available. Wool is the most costly of the carpet fibers.
 
Nylon – Nylon is historically regarded as the most durable synthetic fiber and is the most commonly used fiber for carpet in the industry. Nylon offers excellent comfort, vibrant colors and is inherently stain resistant. 
 
Triexta – Made by DuPont, Triexta offers the wear advantages of nylon, but with more stain and soil resistance. It can easily be  cleaned using just water! SmartStrand Forever Clean, Sorona, and Silk are the Triexta brand names.
 
Polyester – Stain and fade resistant, polyester also offers exceptional softness, making it ideal for thick cut piles. It has excellent color clarity, color retention, strength and abrasion resistance.
 
Olefin – Also known as polypropylene, Olefin is the most stain resistant fiber. It’s primarily available in Berber and commercial carpets. Polyester and olefin tend to be less costly than Nylon and Triexta. 
 
Which carpet wears the best? 
After wool, nylon is traditionally cited as the most durable fiber. Triexta is also proving to perform as well as nylon. More important than the specific fiber is the construction of the carpet (density, twist, ounce weight.)
 
Which fibers are the best choice for families with children and pets?
Solution-dyed nylon, Triexta and solution dyed polyester. These fibers can be cleaned aggressively without damage to the carpet. 
 
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