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4 Amazing Options for Synthetic Carpet Fibres

The vast majority of carpets these days use synthetic fibres, and with lower costs and great features like high durability, stain and spill resistance, and a huge range of colours and styles, it’s not hard to see why.

1. Nylon: The Classic Synthetic Carpet

Nylon carpets are the original and most popular synthetic carpet fibre around. They are tough, stain and fade resistant, and versatile enough for a wide range of styles and uses. Nylon carpets also look great, almost as good as wool, but cost a fraction of the amount.

Pros of Nylon Carpets

  • Excellent resiliency over time and quite UV-resistant, especially solution dyed nylon carpet.
  • High resistance to abrasion, making it ideal for homes with children or pets and for office spaces
  • Stain and soiling resistant, making it easy to clean – solution dyed varieties will also hold their colour with some harsher cleaning chemicals
  • Flame resistant and self-extinguishing

Cons of Nylon Carpets

  • Easily builds up static electricity in low humidity
  • Mildew can modify the fibre’s structure
  • Some cheaper varieties can be cold and coarse to the touch

2. Polypropylene: Cheap Carpet That Lasts

For those carpeting on a lower budget in Sydney, polypropylene carpets are a great option. This synthetic fibre is inexpensive, water resistant, and durable – great for rental properties, garages, and playrooms. As the technology develops, polypropylene is also becoming softer and more luxurious.

Pros of Polypropylene Carpets

  • Highly resilient carpet
  • Very resistant to abrasion and wear and tear from kids playing, pets, or foot traffic
  • Excellent resistance to damage or alteration from mildew
  • Fairly easy to clean if done promptly

Cons of Polypropylene Carpets

  • Stains if spills are not treated very quickly
  • Loses strength and generally deteriorates when exposed to sunlight
  • Melts at quite low temperatures and emits heavy, sooty smoke
  • Builds up static electricity, but at much lower levels than nylon or wool

3. Triexta: New Kid on the Block

Triexta carpets, also known as corn fibre carpets, use a combination of oil and corn-based compounds to create a stain and fade resistant synthetic carpet fibre. Triexta is soft to the touch and retains its appearance well. Corn fibre carpets are also one of the most eco-friendly carpet options available.

Pros of Triexta Carpets

  • Highly stain resistant and easy to clean – most spills only require water to clean
  • Very UV-resistant and will hold its colour even in prolonged direct sunlight
  • Very soft to the touch, more so than nylon
  • The use of cheap, renewable corn glucose means Triexta is not only affordable but more environmentally friendly

Cons of Triexta Carpets

  • Easily builds up static electricity in low humidity
  • Mildew can modify the fibre’s structure
  • Corn fibre carpets are very new so there is some uncertainty about their long term performance

4. Polyester: Wins on Price

Polyester is a soft, naturally stain resistant fibre and in solution dyed form is very fade resistant. When used at higher densities, polyester can provide good performance and a luxury feeling at an affordable price

Pros of Polyester Carpets

  • Fairly good resilience
  • Decent abrasion resistance
  • Quite stain resistant, so long as oily spills are cleaned up quickly
  • Burns quite slowly and can be self-extinguishing

 Cons of Polyester Carpets

  • Must be more densely woven than other fibres to achieve durability
  • Can weaken with prolonged UV exposure
  • Builds up static in low humidity

Whatever you’re budget or your requirements, there’s a carpet for you. Contact 0420 Carpet or visit our showroom to find the perfect synthetic variety.

2019-05-31T22:04:20+00:00By |Categories: Carpet Advice|0 Comments

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