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What You Need to Know About Olefin Carpet

Jul-9-2010 By carpeteria_admin

How about olefin (also called polypropylene)? Certainly nylon has held the primary place in carpet manufacturing, but even so, olefin often gets the call. What is the main reason? Price. Nylon carpets of similar construction generally cost at least 20% more than an olefin. Generally, olefins are offered as berbers in residential construction. This means they come in multi-level, multi-color and usually in earth tones. The name “berber” actually was the name of an ancient North African people, who were known for their woven fabrics, which later came to be known by the name of the weavers themselves.

To date, olefin has had more commercial than residential usage. In fact, about 80% of olefin carpets have been used in commercial markets. However, because of its aggressive pricing, it is finding more prominence in residential usage. Besides being attractively priced, olefins are incredibly colorfast and extremely fade resistant—even when exposed to direct sunlight or chlorine bleach. In addition, olefin carpets are static and mold resistant, making them good choices for basements, rec rooms or screened-in patios.

Remember though, olefin does have its challenges. It is highly susceptible to oil-based staining agents. Consequently, you should never use a solvent-based stain protection treatment. In addition, the fiber has a low melting point, which means that it can actually melt from the friction of furniture being dragged across its face, causing permanent “gouges” in the carpet. Finally, olefin carpets are highly disposed to crushing and matting in high traffic areas.