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How to choose the right carpet fibers for your home

Fibers are the most important decision when it comes to selecting your carpet flooring. Understanding the characteristics will help you make the right selection for your needs and style. Following is a guide from Aptivato help make this process easier for you.

Natural or synthetic fibers: Which is best?

Both are equally as durable, so it will come down to your requirements and budget. Natural fibers, of which wool is one of the most commonly chosen, tend to be more expensive. Synthetic fibers usually have more stain resistance qualities.

Natural fibers come from materials that grow in nature, so they will appeal to you if you are environmentally conscious. Synthetics are man-made and, thanks to modern technology, are getting more and more green, using products like corn glucose and recycled items. When looking for carpet flooring in Gonzales, TX, we’ll be able to advise you on choosing the best for you.

The four most common synthetic fibers

  • Nylon: If you're looking for ultra strength, this might be for you. It stands up to abrasion and is highly resilient, meaning it will snap back quickly to its original appearance. The most stain-resistant nylon is "Dye-lock" where the colors won't bleed and fade.

  • Polyester: When it comes to stain resistance, this one leads the pack. It is a hydrophobic material, which means it won't absorb. This gives it an excellent inherent capability to repel spots. There's also a version called PET Polyester, made from recycled plastic bottles, making it eco-friendly.

  • Olefin: This has an appearance reminiscent of wool, but it’s considered to be a more economical product. You will often see it used in the Berber style. Since it uses the strongest part of the fiber in that construction, Berbers are durable. Olefin also has good stain resistance.

  • Triexta: This one has permanent stain resistance built into the fiber and is super strong. Triexta was included in a challenge to line a 4500-pound rhinoceros cage for two weeks. At the end of the period, there was no damage, and stains, spills, and other mess hosed right off with warm water. A 4500-pound rhino is the equivalent of 337 pugs, so it's safe to say it can stand up to pets.

With all the colors, style, patterns and designs, there’s literally carpet flooring for everyone, at every budget at Aptiva in Gonzales, TX. Visit our showroom if you live in Gonzales, TX, Shiner, TX, Yoakum, TX, Hallettsville, TX, or Luling, TX. We are your carpet store and our estimates are always free.