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.
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.
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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