Choosing the right carpet for your situation is a difficult process if you do not understand the different carpet fibers available to you as there is a wide variety to choose from.
Whether your home or commercial property is contemporary or classical, carpet has an abundance of advantages over flooring types. Make sure that you consider the following: Durability, Colour, Practicality, Safety, Texture and Comfort.
Carpet is hard wearing and can withstand heavy traffic to retain its original state longer. Using the right carpet can make a room as you have so many colour options and styles available to you that you do not get in the other floor coverings. There are literally over a million colours to choose from with varying styles and combined with the right choice of pile, you can get that exact feel that you are after.
There are 5 different types of carpet fibre and each has its own strengths based on the type of situation that they are likely to be used. Some fibers have very low resiliency and only should be manufactured in high-density loop pile constructions to limit crushing (pile flattening). Pile fiber represents greater than 80% of the cost of most residential carpet; therefore differences in price between carpet styles usually can be attributed to differences in fiber.
Wool is thought of by many as the Classic Carpet Fibre and believed to be the finest quality fibre available. It is a natural fibre that has a natural resistance to burning, creating a safer covering that protects in case of fire. A wool fibre carpet is warm in winter and cool in summer and is also naturally moisture resistant, recovering well from spills and handles wet cleaning easily. Wool carpet will also withstand wear and tear in high traffic areas such as hallways, lounge rooms and reception areas.
Wool blends are not only cheaper to produce than 100% wool they also increase stain resistance by blending different percentages of synthetic fibres, from 50/50 wool/synthetic to 80/20 wool/synthetic to create a super yarn. It is believed that 80/20 is the optimum and most successful blend giving the most advantages of both fibres. The two yarns are spun together to give one fibre that can be used as a rugged and hardy flooring that is cheaper that it’s full wool cousin.
Nylon is a synthetic fibre and is the most popular carpet fibre currently produced today. In the production process several different treatments are added to create a more stain, moisture and wear resistant fibre. This fibre is outstanding in its ability to resist high traffic wear and tear, resist loss of pile fibre and its remarkable ability to recover from pile crush. It will retain its colour for an extremely long time and will resist stains as well as any covering.
This fibre is a synthetic fibre that is processed in a special way. The fibre is melted and a solution dye is added then it is respun and cooled into a new fibre with the colour penetrating all the way to its core. This fible is one colour all the way through. It is not white on the inside like a normal Nylon synthetic dyed carpet fibre. This fibre retains its colour for life.
This is the newest of the synthetic fibres on the market. All fibres are dyed using the Solution Dyed process above. This fibre retains excellent wear and tear properties and is good in high traffic areas, it is highly moisture resistant making it great for spills and cleaning. It also has a very low static buildup and resists stains and bacteria greatly improving health risks.