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Types of Carpet Fiber

There are four main types of carpet fiber: Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, and Wool. In the United States, over half of the carpet installed is made of nylon, but there are other good alternatives available.

Nylon Carpet

The Good:

- Durable, resilient
- Easy to clean
- Soft, comfortable
- Versatile
- Comes in a variety of colors and designs
- Holds up in high traffic areas

The Bad:

- Not stain resistant
- May fade over time

Olefin (Polypropylene) Carpet

The Good:

- Relatively inexpensive
- Stain resistant, moisture resistant
- Cleans well
- Typically used for basements and outdoor areas
- Color won’t fade

The Bad:

- Poor resiliency, crushed easily
- Can be damaged by heat and/or friction

Polyester Carpet

The Good:

- Very soft
- Color won’t fade
- Stain resistant

The Bad:

- Not ideal for high traffic areas
- Poor resiliency, can be crushed easily


The Good:

- Top of the line, premium carpet
- Very resilient, durable
- Very soft

The Bad:

- Very expensive
- Must be cleaned carefully
- Susceptible to damage from moths


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