Carpet Question Corner #7: I don’t know anything about carpet fiber. Should I?

The type of fiber used, and the way the carpet is constructed, determines its basic performance. What you choose depends on what you want from the carpet.

  • Nylon comes in a variety of color schemes, has a soft feel and excellent resiliency and durability.
  • Olefin is resistant to water stains, making it the primary fiber used in indoor/outdoor carpet.
  • Polyester features luxurious feel, inherent and permanent stain resistance, and the ability to produce bright colors.
  • Wool is a natural fiber noted for its luxury and performance. Its features include soft “hand”, high bulk, color variety and inherent flame retardant characteristics.

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