Flooring: Nylon vs. Polyester

Flooring: Nylon vs. Polyester

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The lifestyle and activities you do in your home will determine what kind of flooring you want in your home. In this particular article, we will learn about nylon vs polyester carpet. Although these two carpets are both are synthetic fibers, there are pros and cons to both.

Nylon carpet is the strongest of fibers and is known for high performance and durability. Nylon material has been used in parachute cords, fishing lines etc,  all proving that it is a tough contender in carpet. It is known to hold its form, which means it lasts a long time in high traffic areas such as stairs or hallways. It can come in a range of colors and patterns.  Although it is highly durable, it is not fully stain proof, thus nylon is typically treated with stain resistant solutions during the manufacturing process. Nylon is more expensive. If nylon carpet starts to show wear, it is recommended to steam clean which reactivates the resiliency giving the carpet its ability to hold its form again. If you want to keep the carpet a long time, nylon is typically recommended.

Polyester carpet is highly stain-resistant and has incredible softness. Although it is not as durable or resilient as nylon and is prone to crushing, it is nonallergenic, mildew and moth resistant but can be prone to pilling and shedding. Polyester it is extremely fade resistant so it does well in rooms with a lot of exposure to sunlight. Polyester is made from reclaimed post consumer use products, making it environmentally friendlier than nylon. It costs less than nylon and is known for its rich color choices. Vacuuming regularly and steam cleaning is typically all you need to care for your polyester carpet. Be sure to always use carpet cleaners that are safe on synthetic fibers.

Budget, lifestyle and amount of traffic play a role in what type of carpet you choose for your space. Regardless of which type of carpet you do choose, a rule to follow on on choosing a good quality carpet is the “wiggle test”- if you find it difficult to wiggle your fingers through the pile and cannot touch the backing, then your have chosen a high quality carpet.