carpet fiber fargoCarpet is a household staple for its unbeatable softness and warmth. However, there are so many different styles, piles, and materials to choose from that picking the right carpet for your Fargo home can be overwhelming!

The experts at Floor Coverings International Fargo want to make this easier for you, so we’ve created a guide to the most common synthetic carpet fiber types. Learn about the differences between nylon, polyester, and olefin below!

Nylon Carpet

Nylon is by far the most popular carpet material on the market. 90% of all carpets used in the United States are synthetic, and of these synthetic carpets, 60% are made of nylon. The nylon fiber is a popular choice amongst homeowners because it combines the best of both worlds: softness, and strength.

High-quality nylon carpeting is the softest and most durable choice for those seeking a synthetic carpet. This fiber is not naturally stain resistant, but nearly all nylon carpets are treated with protectant, meaning that you won’t have to worry about stains. Thanks to its durability, this is a common choice for busy families, or in commonly carpeted areas of the home like the family room, staircase, or bedroom.

Polyester Carpet

Polyester is another popular synthetic carpet material. This fiber type is more affordable than nylon, and the colors tend to be more vibrant and fade resistant since they penetrate through the entire fiber. It’s also naturally stain-resistant and typically quite soft.

However, polyester is not ideal for high traffic areas. This material is not highly durable, as it is susceptible to abrasion, crushing, and pilling. Always use high-quality polyester carpet to ensure that yours will be as durable as possible, and install this carpet in low traffic areas like the bedroom. For extra durability and longevity, only use polyester in looped or low-pile carpets to avoid visible crushing.

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Olefin Carpet

Olefin is a synthetic fiber type that is growing in popularity thanks to its resistance to shedding and pilling, as well as its low cost. However, olefin stands out because it is more resistant to moisture damage and mildew than the other synthetic carpets. This material was originally favored for outdoor carpeting and basements thanks to this unique quality.

However, olefin is prone to crushing and abrasion. Like polyester, this is not an ideal choice for high traffic areas but is fine for low traffic areas in the home. Although it is resistant to water damage, it can stain from oil-based spills.

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Choosing the perfect carpet for your Fargo home is easier when you know the differences between these main fiber materials! Contact Floor Coverings International Fargo today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you find the perfect carpet for your home. We proudly serve Fargo, West Fargo, Cass County and surrounding areas.

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