They make all the difference in your installation, and there are four basic fibers used in carpets today:
1.Wool is a natural fiber and it’s very much in demand, because that carpet can add a lot of elegance and style to your home, and the OC is known for being fashion-forward. It is durable and the installation will last for decades. Don’t let the white color fool you, because it has an inherent soil-resistance quality built into it (from the sheep’s natural oils).
That’s not to be confused with stain-resistance; it’s always best to treat those immediately.
You will need to get your wool carpet professionally cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months to keep it looking fresh.
2.Nylon is one of the strongest materials around, can stand up to abrasion and has an excellent resiliency, the ability to bounce back after compression, so it isn’t quick to lose its shape. That durability can make it the perfect carpet for installation for that athletic and outdoorsy lifestyle that’s so well known in Huntington Beach, Laguna or other areas of Orange County.
There is one small drawback, however. Nylon is an absorbent fiber, so it’s a good idea to protect it with a stain treatment, and if spills do happen, wipe them up immediately.
Versatile for any installation, nylon is available at all price levels.
3. Polyester is the carpet for you if you want an installation with super stain-resistance, especially if your Orange County home is busy with kids, pets or heavy foot traffic. We’ve even heard stories of people being able to get things like hair dye out fairly easily. Polyester isn’t as resilient as nylon, but there are constant technological advances that result in improved performance.
4.Olefin. Colorfast, it works best in a low pile carpet like Berbers where the installation doesn’t call for much resiliency. It just won’t fade, even when exposed to direct sunlight, so it’s good for kids’ rooms.
Triexta, which was actually invented by DuPont who also gave us nylon, is a relative new-comer on the market; you might also see it under the brand name of “Sorona.” Mohawk uses that fiber in its SmartStrand line. Triexta (Sorona) has exceptional durability with stain-resistance that is built right into the fiber.
To learn more, feel free to visit the Bixby Plaza Carpets and Flooring showroom in Huntington Beach or Los Alamitos, CA.