Open Accessibility Menu

4 Most Common Types of Carpet Fibers

Spending a little bit of time researching the pros and cons of various types of carpet can pay big dividends when it’s time to add or replace the carpeting in your Madison, WI office, healthcare facility, or other types of commercial buildings. After all, in addition to vast differences in their feel and appearance, carpets can vary greatly from one another in terms of resilience, stain resistance, style, and lifespan. Of course, whichever type of carpet you select for your commercial business, you’ll want to keep it well-maintained and looking like new by enlisting the carpet cleaning professionals at ServiceMaster Building Maintenance.

There are four basic carpet fibers that are used to manufacture carpets and each one offers its own unique qualities and advantages. Here’s a brief description of each fiber type to help you select the carpeting that’s just right for your facility:

Nylon fibers have been used in carpeting for over 60 years and there’s a good reason for that. For overall performance, nylon is the most versatile of all types of carpet fibers. It provides top-notch durability, flexibility, fade-resistance and can be treated to ward off most spills and stains.

Polyester (PET) carpet fibers are softer than nylon fibers. While naturally stain and fade resistant, polyester fibers aren’t necessarily as durable as nylon fibers. However, they still perform well and manufacturers continue to improve them

Polypropylene (olefin) carpet fibers are popular for their color resiliency. That’s because they’re solution-dyed, which means the color pigmentation is built into the fiber during the manufacturing process. (Nylon and PET carpet fibers are simply dyed.) Solution dyeing offers tremendous color permanence, even when the carpet fibers are exposed to heavy sunlight or harsh cleaning solutions.

PTT (Triexta Polyester) carpet fibers can’t be treated with stain and soil-resistance products, which can make clean-up extremely difficult. Not all carpeting manufacturers offer this type.

Give ServiceMaster Building Maintenance a call today to set up a professional cleaning protocol for your carpeting. This will help you protect your sizable investment in flooring and show your clients, customers, patients or vendors that you care about your company’s appearance. We serve the communities of Appleton, Green Bay, La Crosse, and Madison. In Minnesota, we serve Winona and the surrounding areas, and in Iowa the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City communities.