SOFT & DURABLE
Carpet is one of the softest flooring materials available, providing a cushioned surface for your feet in almost any location. To ensure you get a style that’s appropriate for your space, it’s important to know the characteristics of the different types of carpeting available. Made with a variety of synthetic and natural fibers, the four most common materials being nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and wool, carpet is made by looping yarn through a backing material in a movement similar to sewing a button on a shirt. These loops can then either be left intact or cut at various angles and lengths. The way the loop is treated is known as the carpet pile.
Polypropylene is almost as soft as nylon. Also known as olefin, polypropylene fibres are similar to natural wool and are often used as a synthetic wool substitute. This fibre is highly stain-resistant but is prone to soiling, or holding onto oils which, in turn, collect dirt. It is also not as resilient as nylon, so is therefore commonly used for loop-style carpets, such as Berber.
Polyester is prized for its ability to hold vibrant, fade-resistant colours. The fibre is also non-allergenic. In many cases, this material is made from recycled plastic bottles, making it eco-friendly. Its main drawback is that it is prone to flattening under weight, making it a bad choice for high-traffic areas.
Nylon is very soft, durable, and resistant to stains and abrasion. The highly resilient fibres can be revived by steam-cleaning to restore much of their original loft. Nylon is the most popular carpet material and is used in roughly three-quarters of all manufactured carpeting.