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What To Know About Carpet Fibers

Carpet has been a staple in most households for longer than most of us have been alive! The “in” style has fluctuated – from tall, colorful shag carpet to sculpted, muted colors, and now to low-pile, neutral tones. Regardless of the style, it’s easily recognizable as carpet, unlike some flooring types that can be confused with each other. Even with this surface appearance being so obvious for what it is, the fiber-type it’s made up of is not as obvious, and is something you may have never even considered.

There are 5 common fiber types for carpet: PET (Polyester), Nylon, Wool, Olefin (Polypropylene), & Triexta (PTT). While there are more types than this, and even lines that blend two or more of them together, these are the most popular types. Let’s talk about the characteristics of each to help you decide which is the right fit for your home!


Carpet Fiber Ratings

Ratings on a scale of 1-5, 1 being the worst, 5 being the best. Prices displayed in ranges, $ being least expensive and $$$$$ being the most expensive.

*Stain resistance rating is based on the fiber type itself, but many carpets are treated with stain resistant chemicals. This makes them much more stain resistant, but only for a number of years as eventually this will wear off the surface of the carpet.



We hope this information will help you in choosing the best carpet for your needs! Remember Full Service Flooring is always here to answer your flooring questions. Give us a call (or text) at 252.756.9308 to schedule an appointment to come by our showroom to see all the options in these fibers!