Abbey Carpet & Floor Industry Info

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San Mateo, CA 94401
Nancy Stanton, Owner
When choosing a new type of carpet, make sure you understand the difference between synthetic fiber and natural fiber.

The vast majority of carpet produced today is manufactured with synthetic fibers, but some homeowners still prefer an alternative option. The type of carpet you choose for your house ultimately depends on your lifestyle, budget and aesthetic preferences, but fiber type can still play an important role in your final decision. Consider the following information about the two most common types of carpet:

Carpets made with artificial fibers are chemically engineered to provide the maximum level of durability, comfort, stain resistance and color vibrancy. Nylon is the predominate synthetic material on the market today, but other materials such as polypropylene, acrylic and polyester are becoming increasingly popular. In addition, some carpets incorporate both synthetic and natural fibers to capture the best aspects of each. Because synthetic carpets represent nearly 90 percent of the market, they’re more affordable and hence the most common type of household carpet.

Natural carpet fibers are derived from animals, plants or minerals. The most common natural fibers are wool, silk and bamboo, but other options like hemp, jute, sisal and sea grass are gaining popularity. Synthetic carpets may be more durable, but natural products tend to keep their beauty longer, although this is dependent on the frequency and severity of the foot traffic in relation to the specific caliber of fiber. For instance, silk, despite what it provides in the way of aesthetics, lacks resilience and wouldn’t be an appropriate option for a high-traffic area. A more durable option would be wool or sea grass.

Also, since natural carpets are made from biodegradable, nontoxic resources, they’re inherently more environmentally-friendly than synthetic carpets. Unfortunately, because of the expense involved in manufacturing natural fiber products, they’re typically used in luxury or area rugs more than house-wide carpeting.

Regardless of what type of carpet you choose, the best way to remove stains is to be prompt and thorough—the longer a stain remains in the carpet, the harder it is to get out. If you prefer to use a chemical cleaning agent to remove a stain, be sure to go back over the spot with a warm, damp terrycloth towel—it’ll diminish the residue that gets left behind. After that, cover the spot with the damp towel and weigh it down with something heavy so it can absorb the residue overnight. Never use a hair dryer or other electric appliance to dry the spot, as this will only serve to permanently seal in the stain.