Carpet Fibre: Carpet Cleaning and Care, Victoria BC

 
 

The fibres of the yarn used to make the carpet is another important consideration, as this will affect both price and lifespan. Natural and synthetic materials are used, either on their own or in combination with one another. The most frequently used fibres are:

Wool

 •most commonly used natural material

 •deep and warm material, well suited for carpets

 •wears well, resilient, retains original texture

 •flameproof, abrasion resistant

 •easily cleaned (but not as easily as synthetics) and maintained

 •price depends on quality

 

Acrylic

 •wears well with low static generation

 •easily cleaned

 •the synthetic option that most resembles wool

 •resists moths, mildew, sun-fading, soil stains

 •available in many colours

 

Nylon

 •longest lasting of all synthetic fibres

 •exceptional colour and texture retention

 •easily cleaned, although will show soil more than other fabrics

 

Olefin (polypropylene)

 •mainly used for indoor/outdoor carpet

 •very durable, appropriate for heavy traffic areas

 •resistant to moisture, mildew, abrasion, piling and shedding

 •easily cleaned, most stain resistant of all fibres

 •resilience is low

 •least attractive of all synthetic fibres

 

Polyester

 •used mainly in shag or semi-shag carpets

 •wide colour selection

 •good colour retention

 •appropriate for any area indoors

 •easily cleaned, resistant to most soiling

 •highly durable, little piling or shedding

 •resistant to mildew, abrasion, moisture

 •not as warm as other fibres

 

Sisal and other grasses

 •cool to the touch

 •available in natural colours

 •weaving patterns are usually understated