A fiber carpet will have different advantages and disadvantages depending on the manner in which it is made and used. These factors determine how a fiber carpet will respond to foot traffic, dirt, and spills, as well as the method of cleaning. Synthetic fiber carpets, like natural fiber carpets, have individual properties that make each stand out from the other. These differences are explored here:
1. Nylon fiber carpets
Most fiber carpets that are sold currently are made of nylon. Nylon fiber carpets are popular in areas where there is lots of foot traffic because this material is resilient enough to bounce back into shape after being depressed. Nylon is also one of the most durable materials around. It responds very well to dyeing and is therefore a favorite with manufacturers.
Nylon has its advantages in being tough, easy to clean, stain resistant, and its low moisture absorbency. You will also have a wide range of prices to choose from. On the downside, you will observe that a nylon fiber carpet wears off pretty quickly when exposed to direct sunlight. Greases and oils will also stain your carpet.
2. Polyester fiber carpets
Polyester fiber carpets are both cheaper and more stain-resistant than their nylon counterparts. These carpets are also very fade resistant. They however won’t last for long under dense foot traffic.
Polyester fiber carpets are comfortable under the feet and hardly ever get scratches. They are also very resistant to mildew. The carpets behave like nylon in the sunlight in addition to being readily stainable by grease and oil.
3. Olefin fiber carpets
Olefin fiber carpets are perhaps the most colorfast carpets there are. You will however be disappointed by the fact that these carpets are most uncomfortable underfoot.
In this regard they are clearly below nylon’s standards. Olefin carpets are also very prone to damage when put under lots of foot traffic and it is common practice for these carpets to have nylon blends just to add resilience.
These carpets are most easy to clean as they are resistant to water, soil, and all manner of stains. They have excellent resistance against static electricity and mildew. Although they are stain resistant, olefin carpets also have a weakness for grease and oil. They don’t hold up well against dry cleaning solvents either.
4. Acrylic fiber carpets
Acrylic is synthetic fiber's answer to wool. In fact, the majority of acrylic fiber carpets are made as a blend of the two. They are thus cheaper than 100 percent wool carpets. Like wool, acrylic has excellent properties against mildew, static, and moisture. They however lack in resilience and won’t do well under high foot traffic.
Acrylic fiber carpets are easy to wash. They are good even for outdoor use as they ably resist the sun’s rays. Acrylic carpets don’t last long due to their poor resilience and they are also easily stained by grease and oil.
5. Blended fiber carpets
Perhaps the most popular blended fiber carpet is a combination of wool and nylon; the wool supplies the elegance while the nylon ensures durability. Olefin combined with either nylon or acrylic gives a pair of other well matched combinations.