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What You Need to Know About Nylon Carpet

Jul-15-2010 By creatingyourspace

WWII was raging and the United States was operating in a wartime economy. Of critical interest to both the government and industry was the dwindling supply of silk used to make parachutes and other military textiles. DuPont’s chemical and textile engineers came to the rescue with a synthetic replacement for silk, which they called nylon. This new fiber quickly found its way into myriad markets, including both commercial and residential carpet manufacturing.

Now, 60 years later, the essential chemical structures of nylon carpet fiber remain virtually unchanged. What have continued to change and improve are ancillary processes like dye methods, carpet construction and finishing technologies. What this means to finished carpet is a constant improvement in on-the-floor performance in places like your house! And the exceptional performance extends to both plush (cut-pile) and loop pile constructions.

Critical to nylon’s success as the world’s most-used carpet fiber is its characteristic colorfastness. Solution-dyed nylon (where color is introduced prior to nylon’s extrusion into fiber) is essentially impervious to the color-damaging effects of exposure to direct sunlight or bleach! Even those nylon fibers dyed after extrusion are intensely colorfast due to the latest technologies for preventing soiling and staining.

Nylon carpets will easily retain their original shape and appearance when they are properly constructed, installed and maintained. They respond well to current commercial cleaning methods, promising years of satisfactory use. The reality is that today’s nylon carpets will never wear out; they simply get ugly at the end of their wear lives.