All About Fibers

When one speaks of carpet fibers, they are talking about the basic building block of the product itself. Many factors determine the performance of your carpet, however the top two are, the type of fiber, and the process in which the carpet is constructed. Almost all carpet produced today utilize synthetic fibers. These synthetic fibers are unbeatable in ease of maintenance, style, and value. Below are five of the basic carpet pile fibers.

Nylon:

The King in popularity, nylon is used in almost seventy percent of carpet production in the United States. Offers brilliant colors and resistant to wear, soils, and stains. Nylon offers the versatility that todays consumers demand. Color is added in the construction process, and generally carries the term “colorfast” on the labels of carpet samples.

Olefin (polypropylene):

Much of the Berber family is constructed with olefin. It’s resistance to wear and permanent stains are two of the reasons this fiber is used in both indoor and outdoor areas. It also provides protection from static electricity, moisture, and mildew. Considered a desired fiber for the construction of sports surface turf, and home patios. Also considered “colorfast”.

Polyester:

This fiber is used in many luxurious cut pile carpets. The extraordinary soft feel and thick texture is a great combination for a formal setting. Holds up well against water soluble stains, and is easily cleaned.

Acrylic:

Has a wool like appearance. Also resistant to static shocks, and provides a moisture and mildew barrier. Acrylic fiber is a great choices for the construction of bathroom throw rugs, also used in level loop and velvet carpets.

Wool:

More expensive than synthetic fibers, but it’s natural beauty and soft feel offers exceptional luxury and performance.

Blends:

Combining wool and synthetic fibers offers a great union of the natural and the practical. Synthetic fibers are also combined to produce a product with the specific characteristics of each fiber.

SmartStrand Forever Clean:

SmartStrand Forever Clean is made with an innovative fiber, engineered to resist matting and crushing. This unique trait is built into the fiber at the molecular level causing the fiber to bounce back, maintaining its beauty and appearance over time. SmartStrand Forever Clean features Nanoloc, an advanced nanotechnology that completely encapsulates the SmartStrand fiber to create a superior spill and soil barrier.

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