Carpet owners know just how important a high-quality fiber is. Here at Floor Coverings International KC South, we offer many different carpets made of a variety of fiber types. In order to help you choose the right carpet for your Olathe home, we’ve compiled a guide to the most common carpet fiber types and how to choose between them.
What is a Carpet Fiber Type?
The “fiber type” of a carpet refers to the kind of material used to make up its fibers. The most common carpet fibers are made of synthetic materials, with the top three types including nylon, polyester, and olefin. Each fiber type has its own set of unique properties that determine its suitability for different conditions. There are also a variety of natural fiber types including wool, cotton, sisal, and jute.
Nylon is the most common carpet fiber type, making up about 65% of all carpet sold in the U.S. This synthetic fiber type is popular for many reasons. For one, this fiber is highly durable. It is resistant against crushing, unraveling, and abrasion. Nylon makes for a great carpet choice in high-traffic areas of the home because it won’t show wear and is good at repelling soil and mildew.
Nylon is also known for being very comfortable. This is one of the softer synthetic fiber types, making it ideal for rooms where you want to maximize comfort, such as a bedroom or living room.
Polyester is another common synthetic fiber type and is known for its ability to take and hold colors very well. It is extremely fade and stain resistant and comes in many colorations. However, polyester carpet is not incredibly durable, as it is susceptible to crushing, flattening, and pilling. Polyester makes up for this by being very soft and by providing a nice underfoot feel. Use this carpet in low-traffic areas, such as a bedroom or playroom.
Olefin fiber, also known as polypropylene, is growing increasingly popular in the carpet industry. This inexpensive fiber type has superior stain resistance, holds color well, resists pilling, and is resistant against moisture. While it is relatively durable, olefin is susceptible to crushing and abrasion damage. This fiber type is not exceptionally soft, but makes for a good carpet when constructed properly.
Wool and Natural Fibers
The advantage of natural fiber types is that they are eco-friendly and generally hypoallergenic and non-toxic. Wool is by far the most popular all-natural fiber type, as it is incredibly durable and boasts superior comfort. Wool carpets can even be more durable than a synthetic nylon carpet, but they should be kept out of moisture-prone rooms. Plant-based fibers like sisal, seagrass, jute, and coir are more commonly used for area rugs.
Get Started in Olathe Today
With an understanding of the different fiber types, choosing the perfect carpet for your Olathe home is easy. Contact Floor Coverings International KC South today to schedule a free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you select the right look for your home. We proudly serve Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood and surrounding areas.
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