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Carpet Fiber 101

Carpet Fiber 101

Choosing a carpet flooring type is a decision homeowners shouldn’t take lightly, as the right carpet can have a big impact on a room’s visual appeal, function, and comfort. But with so many varieties and styles available, it’s sometimes challenging to narrow down the search. Here’s a look at some of the basics of the most common varieties of carpet flooring fibers.


In the world of carpet flooring, there’s no beating nylon when it comes to versatility and durability. Nylon’s color flexibility, easy maintenance, and powerful resistance to wear, mildew, rot, and other types of damage make it the most popular carpet fiber type on the market. It’s also static-free, stain-resistant, and often exceptionally soft. Nylon carpeting comes in a variety of colors, heights, textures, and styles, and it can last for many years.


Although it’s an artificial carpet fiber, acrylic is sometimes referred to as man-made wool because of its soft, warm, wool-like texture. Like nylon, acrylic is static resistant, available in a variety of colors and styles, and it doesn’t easily mildew, fade, or become crushed under heavier furniture. Because it’s so soft, however, acrylic is best reserved for low-traffic rooms where its luxurious feel can be maintained.


Olefin, or polypropylene, carpeting is second only to nylon in popularity, especially in commercial installations. That’s due to its ability to maintain color and resist wear and mildew. Olefin is also very easy to maintain and tough against foot traffic, making it an ideal carpet fiber for rooms that see a lot of use. It’s also one of the most affordable carpet fiber varieties, which, when combined with its appearance and performance, makes it a great option for homeowners on a budget.


Wool is a strong, all-natural carpet fiber option that adds extra comfort and luxury to a room. It’s soft and exceptionally dense, and it also maintains its height and resists crushing very well. Additionally, unlike artificial carpeting, the fibers in wool are opaque, which means that it hides dirt and other debris easily.

Bode Floors offers Columbia-area residents a large variety of carpet flooring, as well as hardwood, tile and stone, and other flooring products. To request a free quote or schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (410) 381-5900.

By | August 5th, 2019