Okay, let’s get into the technical aspects of carpet. Put on your lab coat and get ready: we’re getting scientific.
When you’re looking to buy carpet, you’ll choose between nylon, polyester, and olefin. Each fiber works best for different environments, and some even have alternative chemical names!
This can get confusing, so let me help you out:
Nylon Carpet Fibers
Nylon is what changed the carpet industry for good. Even today, nylon remains the most popular fiber of choice.
Nylon is highly durable, static-free, and a great fiber for indoor carpets. Nylon is usually treated with a stain blocking technology that helps it stay beautiful, longer.
Consider Stainmaster as the protector for your carpet. It makes the staining liquid stay on the surface of the carpet so you can easily clean it up.
Olefin Carpet Fibers
Olefin is a natural stain-resistant fiber. It’s dyed during the melting process while the fiber is being created. This results in a color through the fiber rather than outside the fiber. Olefin is virtually fade resistant, and it’s also low static.
Put on your safety goggles because it also has a scientific chemical name: polypropylene. You might see that listed as the fiber instead of Olefin, so it’s important to know! A downside of olefin, it attracts and absorbs oil, which can leave it dinghy. Keep it clean though, and you don’t have to worry!
Polyester Carpet Fibers
If you’re looking for a “green” carpet, Polyester is mostly made from recycled materials. Polyester is rising in popularity and giving nylon a run for its money. If you haven’t noticed, most of your clothes are probably polyester blends. It’s basically everywhere!
Polyester is slightly less expensive than nylon, and almost just as durable. It’s extremely fade and stain resistant. Polyester also usually has the widest range of color choices so your carpet can be anything from bright pink to a neutral brown.
The green choice polyester is often called PET fiber, otherwise known as *adjusts goggles* “Polyethylene Terephthalat.” It’s more durable than older polyester materials and is often solution-dyed, meaning the color runs through the fiber. SmartStrand is an example of a polyester fiber.
Triexta Carpet Fibers
Triexta is a brand new fiber on the market. Triexta’s chemical name is polytrimethylene terephthalate, a name I challenge you to say 3 times fast. Back in the day, Triexta had the abbreviation PTT, but now it is its own class of fiber.
These fibers are constructed using corn, or more accurately, glucose. Because of this, Triexta is a super green choice.
Triexta is usually less expensive than nylon, and while nylon is treated to be stain resistant, Triexta is naturally so. In fact, Triexta is more stain resistant than nylon because the fibers will not absorb liquid.