The choice of carpet fibers will be the most crucial decision you make when buying a rug. Homeowners frequently choose nylon and polyester, and one of the questions we hear most often is about the difference between the two.
At Floorz, we're sticklers when it comes to making sure every customer gets personalized service. Carpet, or any flooring, isn't something you buy often, but it is one of the most significant investments you'll make in your home. There are bound to be questions and concerns, and we make sure every customer gets them answered.
Understanding carpet fibers
Nylon is known for ultra-strength, and it's resilient, meaning you can step on the carpet flooring, and it will bounce back to its original shape. Polyester has superior inherent stain resistance because it is hydrophobic; it won't absorb liquid.
Nylon is more absorbent, but today, all fibers are treated with some form of stain resistance, so, when treated, nylon is very resistant to stains. Both nylon and polyester have versions that can be soft. As for price, nylon can be a little pricier than polyester.
How to compare carpet choices
It's important to remember that each fiber has different quality levels, so it's essential to make sure they're equivalent when comparing rugs. For example, if the polyester is a high quality, it could perform much better in durability than low-quality nylon.
Also, keep in mind that there are versions and sub-categories. As an example, nylon has a solution-dyed version where the dye goes all the way through during the manufacturing process, as opposed to after. When it's solution-dyed, there are no open dye lots on which a stain can attach, increasing resistance to staining and fading. PET Polyester is made from recycled materials and plastic bottles, which might be attractive to the environmentally conscious.
Come into the Floorz showroom in Ft. Meyers, FL, for some carpet inspiration and personalized service. You'll walk out with every question answered. We work with residents in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Lehigh, Estero, FL, and provide free estimates.