Picking the best carpet fiber isn’t as easy as you think. Because there are a number of types to choose from, you have to weigh each of their characteristics. Let’s compare two of the most popular synthetic carpet fibers and find out which is a better fit for your home.
One of the biggest considerations in any carpet purchase is over the carpet’s durability.
Most consumers want a carpet that will stand up to daily wear and tear and still manage to look good for the next decade or so.
Nylon carpet fiber is well-known as being very durable. It has long been considered to be the most durable synthetic carpet fiber available (although some would say that PTT triexta is now a worthy contender for this title). The secret to nylon’s durability lies in its resiliency — its ability to literally “bounce back” from compaction.
Polyester is generally considered to be a less durable fiber than nylon. It lacks nylon’s high resilience, and will typically begin to show signs of wear due to foot traffic in less time than nylon.
It’s important to note that both nylon and polyester carpets are available in a wide range of qualities, and so a high-grade polyester carpet may outperform a low-grade nylon carpet. As always, when comparing two different carpets, be sure that they are of equivalent quality. Source: TheSpruce
Both nylon and polyester are easy to wash and are mildew resistant. Both can be washed in a washing machine and dried on a low heat cycle. Articles made from nylon or polyester should be removed from the dryer immediately. A warm iron can be used on either nylon or polyester. Polyester generally can be dry-cleaned, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. However, nylon cannot be dry-cleaned as the solvents melt the material. Source: Diffen
Wear and Tear
Nylon Carpets are made from nylon fibers and considered to be the toughest carpets available on the market. Even in a high traffic area your nylon carpet shouldn’t show signs of aging.
Polyester Carpets are second in line to nylon carpets, but have a tendency to get matted and not spring back to its original shape. It will show wear in high traffic areas. If it comes in contact with high heat, polyester carpet can melt. Source: DifferenceBetween
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