synthetic carpetCarpet is one of the most commonly used flooring materials in the nation thanks to its incredible versatility. The diverse selection of carpet materials available allows homeowners to choose the perfect combination of softness, durability, and style for their Mahwah home. Below, the experts at Floor Coverings International North Jersey have compiled some facts about the most popular synthetic carpet materials to help you choose the right style for your home.

Nylon Carpet

Out of all synthetic carpet fiber types on the market, nylon is the most commonly used. This material is preferred in both residential and commercial settings because it offers superior durability and softness over other synthetic carpets. While its durability will depend on the brand’s overall quality, nylon in general is more resistant against crushing, abrasion, and pilling than other synthetic carpets while remaining warm and soft to the touch.

Although it is not inherently stain resistant, nylon these days is commonly treated with stain protectant during the manufacturing process. You won’t have to worry about staining a nylon carpet, but you should be sure to dry up spills quickly as nylon is quite absorbent and should be kept dry to prevent the growth of mold or mildew.

Polyester Carpet

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Polyester is another common synthetic fiber, but it boasts different benefits than nylon. This carpet is exceptionally fade and stain resistant. You can choose a vibrant polyester carpet or rug and feel confident that it will look beautiful for years to come. It also sheds water easily, is resistant to mildew, is soft to the touch, and is more affordable than nylon.

However, polyester is not incredibly durable. It is susceptible to crushing, pilling, and shedding. Long fibers have the potential to unravel. Overall, this carpet can stand up to regular use, but it is not ideal for high traffic areas. Stick to dense, low pile or looped styles for a more durable polyester carpet.

Olefin Carpet

Olefin, the last of the three common synthetic carpet materials, has been growing rapidly in popularity over the years. Like polyester, it boasts superior stain and fade resistance. It is also one of the more affordable synthetic fiber options. When it comes to durability, olefin is a mixed bag. It is not highly resilient and is thus susceptible to crushing. However, this fiber is very resistant to moisture, mildew, and pilling.

While olefin would not be ideal in busy commercial spaces, it will work just fine in a busy home. Stick to well-constructed olefin carpets to benefit from their durability. The most durable styles will be dense, looped fiber carpets like berber. Stay away from cut fiber or big looped carpets, as these can crush over time.

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Choosing the perfect carpet is easy when you know what kind of material to look for! Contact Floor Coverings International North Jersey today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you choose the perfect carpet for your Mahwah home. We proudly serve the greater Mahwah, Paramus, Wayne, and North Jersey areas.

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