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FIBERS
We have a large selection of carpet fibers to choose from. All of which have their pro’s and con’s, but every fiber has a place in the industry. It is our job to listen to our clients and help them find the product that works best for their needs.
The Synthetics:
We have a large selection of carpet fibers to choose from. All of which have their pro’s and con’s, but every fiber has a place in the industry. It is our job to listen to our clients and help them find the product that works best for their needs.
Nylon (preferred choice)
Nylon is typically the fiber of choice as it is very cleanable and durable. All nylons are now stain treated and are anti-static. The newest addition to stain protection is a series of “Pet Friendly” carpets, which have been faring very well in the market at all price levels. As well as spanning price points, nylon offers a large range of textures and patterns. Recently nylon carpet has been made to emulate other fibers. There are very soft, high luster nylons to mimic the look and feel of viscose. There are also flat, tightly twisted loop piles to look like sisal. Also, there are de-lustered natural looking nylon products that have been made to look more like wool. As with many things these days, you can find good and bad products. In nylon we stick to the rule: the tighter the yarn twist level, the longer it will last.
Polyester / Olefin
These synthetic fibers are very low staining, fade resistant, and typically lower cost but are not usually built for longevity. In the poly/olefin cut piles. the denser the fiber, the longer it will last.
Polypropelene
These synthetic fibers are also very low staining and fade resistant. They have and keep their clarity of color and also repel water-based spills. Since they do repel water they are more difficult to stain, but also more difficult to clean as most of our cleaners are water based. The flatwoven 100% polypropelene products are gaining speed in the industry as they emulate various sisal textures and can be used outdoors. Many of these products have branched into multicolor and tonal patterns, competing with the wool market. Again, in the cut pile polypropelene, the denser the carpet, the longer it will last. It is more subject to pile crushing/matting out with less dense piles.
Triexta
A newer fiber on the market, it is in the family of poly’s. It is low staining and fade resistant, offered in solid and multi-toned styles. It is a very soft yarn pleasing to many buyers today. As with the other low staining products, it is more difficult to clean.
Naturals:
Wool (preferred choice)
Wool is a very versatile fiber, sheared from the sheep’s fleece. They are naturally durable and soft but over the course of time, can become threadbare. They are also naturally stain resistant, however some soiling especially those from acid, protein and pets are more difficult to clean. They maintain temperature, as they are cooler feeling in the summer and warmer in the winter. With this absorbency comes the ability to retain moisture and can harbor mold (like in basements). For this reason we recommend to use wools only above grade. Typically wools are on the higher end of the price scale although lower priced wools have been made available. This has been done in part by combining wools with other fibers. These blends promote the benefit of each fiber. For example, an 80% wool, 20% nylon blend is a stronger blend with lower staining qualities and is suitable for commercial use.
Sisal
Sisal, a fiber derived from the agave plant, is very durable. It is available in textures and patterns, natural as well as dyed. It does have a tendency to absorb spills.
Seagrass
Seagrass is a reed based product that has been dried and woven into carpet. It is very durable and resistant to spills. The appearance is hardy and has a subtly sheen to it.
Jute
Spun from the stem and outer skin of the jute plant, it is a typically available in plain, natural colors. Physically and visually it is softer than sisal, seagrass, and coir and has a hair-like appearance. As with many fibers in this category, jute is a natural product and has a tendency to absorb spills, staining easily and makes it a little more difficult to clean.
Coir
From the outer husk of the coconut plant, coir is a very coarse fiber used in brush matting. It is commonly available in plain, natural colors.
Viscose
Or “faux silk,” viscose is a newer fiber on the market made from cellulose fiber (cotton or wood pulp). It has a beautiful silky hand and high luster sheen, with a high level of shading. It is a purely decorative material in carpet fibers as they do discolor and damage the texture even with just water spills. We do sell these products with a caution. Many customers find they are happy with these products once they are aware of the expectations.
Tencel
A newer fiber on the market, it is very similar to viscose, as it is made from cellulose fiber. It provides sheen and softness, however staining issues with water spills may still arise.
Hides
Natural Cowhides are available in various shapes and sizes other than the standard “hide shape.” They are also available in stitched patterns and applied color/textures. Hides are naturally durable and stain resistant.
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