Nylon is very resilient,
soft and available in a wide array of colors. One drawback
of nylon is that is tends to stain; however, this can be
prevented when treated with stain-resistant chemicals.
Also known as Olefin,
polypropylene is the most affordable carpet material. It is
less durable than other materials, but cleans easily and is
stain resistant. Polypropylene is also resistant to
sunlight, making it the best choice for an outdoor carpet.
Polyester is the most
stain resistant carpet material. It has a low- to mid- price
point, and works in most traffic areas. A “green” carpeting
option is available in carpets made from polyethylene
terephthalate, or PET. These carpets are made from recycled
plastics from bottles and tires.
Wool is the most commonly
used carpet material. It is the most flame resistant carpet
material and is also naturally resistant to static
electricity. Wool is also more resilient to crushing by
footsteps or furniture, which helps to keep the carpet
looking new and fresh.