Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and that if you own a carpet, it will eventually fall victim to at least one stain over the course of its lifetime. Carpets are a great way to stylize a room how you see fit. There are many different kinds of carpets, from classic wool flooring to nylon to polyester. Among the different makes of carpet, an innumerable amount of designs can be made, and chances are, you’ve found a design you’re comfortable with. But even the familiarity of old designs can be more trouble than they’re worth when mixed with children, pets, visitors, or other carpet stain hazards. Could it be time to look for a new carpet to dress your floor in?
When choosing the right carpet fiber, it’s a good idea to know what your options are, in addition to the pros and cons of each. Did you know that, when treated with stain protection, nylon fiber is the most stain resistant form of carpeting? If your floors are home to children or pets, this form of carpeting might be a good choice for you to make use of. Stain-resistant flooring makes goes hand in hand with a reduced need for professional carpet cleaning services and can retain its natural coloration easier than another form of carpeting might.
Polyester carpets are renowned for their luxurious appearances but have a few more appealing factors than what’s merely surface-level. Related to their reputation in regard to design, polyester fibers dye very easily, allowing for a wide range of coloration options. While not as stain resistant as nylon, polyester is somewhat stain-resistant, and also feels great! Polyester does not store static electricity charges efficiently, so if you wish to avoid a number of random shocks, polyester carpeting might be a good choice for you. It’s also inexpensive to install, so if your carpet is in need of replacing under a budget, polyester is a good fit.
Olefin carpeting has a good stain resistance, in addition to moisture resistance, but scores below nylon and polyester in terms of durability. It is far less expensive than some other forms of synthetic fibers, but weathers soiling poorly. Olefin carpeting works best in areas such as damp basements, where moisture might otherwise be a problem, and where foot traffic is bound to be at a minimum.
Wool carpeting is well-appreciated for its natural beauty. Wool is soil-resistant and retains a handsome appearance over time. Like polyester, its fibers retain color very well and can come in a variety of different colors and/or patterns. Wool has the added benefit of having environmental-advantageous properties. In the wintertime, or where it is cold, different types of flooring might not retain heat very well, resulting in a freezing cold floor – not at all what your bare feet want to be stepping on first thing in the morning! But wool is a natural insulator and retains heat very efficiently. On the opposite end of the seasonal spectrum, wool is useful during summer months, where indoor humidity is often a problem, by naturally absorbing water vapor.