Carpet Fibers 101: Nylon

Carpet Fibers 101: Nylon

Due to its durability and relatively low cost, nylon is one of the most popular carpet fibers in the industry. Let’s look at some of the key features and benefits of nylon carpet.

Carpet Fibers 101: Nylon

Engineered in a Lab

Nylon was invented by DuPont in 1935 but wasn’t used commercially until 1939. It would take another 20 years of testing and innovation for nylon to be used as a carpet fiber. DuPont introduced bulked continuous filament nylon in 1959. It was the first truly synthetic fiber and soon became the standard in the carpet industry.

Long-Lasting and Resilient

Nylon carpet is highly resilient and long-lasting. This makes the material perfect for flooring that must withstand a lot of foot traffic. Here are a few of nylon’s other qualities:

  • Stain Resistant: Nylon is highly absorbent, meaning that stains and spills won’t sink deep into the carpet and leave behind a stain. Especially resistant is solution-dyed nylon, which makes the color part of the fiber itself. In this type of nylon, the color is permanent and fade-resistant.
  • Bounceback Factor: Due to its molecular composition, nylon responds very well to steam cleaning. The heat from steam cleaning activates hydrogen molecules present in nylon, helping to revive areas on the carpet that might have flattened from foot traffic.
  • Strong: Nylon’s resiliency also translates into strength. It is a sturdy fiber that can withstand abrasion, another great feature for carpeting.

Affordable Options

Nylon is also generally affordable and can be found in a variety of colors. Thus, it is a great choice for commercial and residential use. The quality of nylon carpet will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but whether made in-house or by a third party, nylon is an excellent option for all flooring needs.

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Carpet Fibers 101: Polyester

Carpet Fibers 101: Polyester

Polyester carpet has been a popular choice in floor covering for a long time, and understandably so. Not only is it durable and aesthetically pleasing, it also has a high level of stain resistance and is very affordable.Carpet Fibers 101: Polyester

The Look of Polyester Carpet

Polyester’s high-luster appearance lends itself to carpets in a wide range of beautiful colors. You can easily see its lustrous appeal by comparing it, for instance, to a nylon carpet in the same color. Polyester stands out for its vibrant hues, while nylon carpet has a much more matte tone.


Polyester carpet is inherently stain resistant, though not completely stain-proof because polyester is made with a closed-cell fiber. While it may not have quite the durability of nylon carpet, new technology has closed the gap between nylon and polyester carpet, making polyester now stronger than ever before.


Polyester carpet tends to be less expensive than nylon carpet because of the lower cost of raw materials and the manufacturing process. This makes polyester a great option if you have a limited budget; you will get a better value for your money. And since polyester carpets are available in a wide range of styles and price points, you will have a plethora of choices.


While synthetic fibers may not be quite as environmentally friendly as natural fibers, polyester is one of the most eco-friendly synthetic fibers, considerably more so than nylon. Polyester is also very easy to recycle. Additionally, most of the polyester used in carpet manufacturing today is made from recycled PET (from plastic soft-drinks bottles.) This process keeps millions of plastic bottles out of landfills; plus, it reduces the amount of resources needed in the manufacturing process.

At Go Mobile Flooring, you can rely on our fifty years of combined experience to bring you the ultimate options in polyester carpet. We bring the showroom to you, so you can examine the quality and range of our flooring at your convenience. Give us a call to arrange an appointment for an on-site consultation today.