Choosing the Right Carpet Fiber For Industrial Projects
A Variety of Carpet Fiber Types
Carpet is manufactured by weaving together a combination of carpet fibers to achieve the desired result. Most carpet fibers manufactured in the United States contains fibers made from wool, nylon, polyester, polypropylene (olefin), or triexta. Synthetic materials are a popular choice for making carpet fibers because they tend to wear better than natural materials. Carpet fibers are combined to create a variety of shapes and pile heights, and can be dyed to create a range of colors and patterns in the final carpet product.
Factors that must be considered, beyond aesthetics, when choosing the right carpet fiber content of a carpet to specify for a project include how it will wear, how resistant it will be to stain and soil, how much it costs, and how sustainable it is for the environment. For commercial settings, durability is big concern for designers, and they must choose carpet made from fibers intended for this type of use rather than for residential use. Nylon is typically the most versatile and considered by many to be the best carpet fiber material, and it can create a variety of carpet styles and is very durable. Though it is not exceptionally stain resistant, nylon can be treated with a stain-resist carpet treatment to protect against spills and damage.
Contract highlights the best carpet fiber manufacturers in the market, including Aquafil USA, DuPont, Zeftron, and Universal Fibers, and many other major carpet manufacturers, such as Shaw Contract Group and Mohawk Flooring, also produce their own fibers in-house.