Purchasing a fiber incompatible with your lifestyle can be disastrous. It’s important to
familiarize yourself with the most common fibers.
• Polyester- Chiefly made from recycled plastic, polyester is relatively eco-friendly, stain-resistant, and very economical. Unfortunately, it also has the tendency to crush under heavy foot
traffic. Consider polyester for a low-budget solution where stain-resistance is the main priority, such as a child’s bedroom.
• Nylon- Nylon has dominated the industry for years, heralded for its resiliency and dependability. Reputable brands, such as Stainmaster and Scotchguard, have developed special formulas to
bolster nylon’s stain-resistance, making it an extremely well-rounded option. Nylon is best used in high-traffic rooms, or in households with pets where the stain warranties can really
• Wool- Exceptionally soft and eco-friendly, wool is a luxurious alternative to modern synthetic fibers. Wool retains its shape for decades, making it a lifetime choice. It also has many natural
features, such as dirt resistance, high fire retardance, and low off-gassing. However, because of its high absorption capacity, wool is not a practical choice for bedrooms prone to stains or
• Triexta- Developed by Mohawk Industries, triexta (also known as SmartStrand) is extremely stain-resistant and luxuriously soft. Like polyester, triexta is composed primarily of recycled
material. Unlike polyester, the fibers are specifically engineered to retain their shape. Triexta’s only downfall is its age; it lacks the rapport with carpet dealers and long-term consumers that
nylon or wool has established. This fiber is suitable for most bedrooms.