When shopping for carpet, often the first thing that draws our attention is the color and style. But, if you want the look of your carpet to last, you’ll have to look a little deeper. Let's take a look at two of your options: nylon and polyester.
Both nylon and polyester are made of plastics. Nylon is a durable fiber with strong resiliency and the following qualities: good yarn memory to hold twists, good carpet cleaning efficiency, good stain resistance with stain treatment applied, good soil hiding ability, and good abrasion resistance. Nylon is a very strong material, which makes it ideal for heavy traffic areas and active families.
Many commercial facilities also choose nylon for its durability. It’s prone to static, but most nylon has an anti-static treatment applied to reduce this side effect. It also has continuous filament fibers that minimize pilling and shedding. Nylon carpet is a high-end product and is generally more expensive.
When it comes to style, polyester has some of the most beautiful colorations available. It's extremely fade resistant, helping to keep your carpet’s color beautiful longer. It’s very stain resistant as well. Polyester is not as resilient as nylon and is susceptible to crushing. You should look for high twist levels to combat yarn untwisting and matting.
Polyester offers a wide selection of textures and colors. It’s non-allergenic, sheds moisture, and resists moth damage and mildew at a more affordable price then nylon. It is susceptible to pilling, shedding, and oil stains; but otherwise, it cleans fairly easy.
Polyester comes in many colors and textures, is extremely fade resistant, and has excellent resistance to stains but is not as resilient as nylon. Nylon is very resilient and stands up to crushing, piling, and shedding; however, it is a costlier product than polyester. Be sure to consider not just style and color, but also budget and function when choosing carpet.