At Carpet 4 Less, we want your home renovating project to proceed flawlessly. We don’t want you to get bogged down in indecision and feel like you don’t know where to turn. We’re here to make this process easier instead of more difficult. That’s why we’re transparent about the things you need to know before you walk in the store to make the process more streamlined. Mostly, the fibers of the kind of carpet you want.
In our previous blog, we discussed the different kinds of carpet fibers available on the market, In this blog, we’ll continue to explore your options and weigh the pros and cons of the different fiber types you could invest in. Check it out!
To start, when you’re browsing carpet tags, they might not say “polyester,” they might say “PET,” but it’s the same thing. If you’re more of a designer than a spiller, you’ll like polyester best. It takes dyes far better than Nylon does and, even though it’s not as durable, it has superior fade resistance and allows you to create better color balances which can really affect the dynamics of the room. It’s also one of the best options for greener carpets. Granted it’s not jute or wool (one of those is not really suitable for indoor use anyway) it’s derived from recycled plastic bottles and for that reason, it’s durability is unmatched. It’s certainly one of the most earth-conscious carpeting choices you can make.
It should be noted that there are other “natural carpet fibers,” but they’re barely functional. You can’t really invest in cotton polymer carpet and expect it to last. There are so few options on the market because it’s simply not a viable option for anyone that intends to actually walk on their carpet. Jute is the kind of “carpet” that’s actually just a rug for your sunroom, unless you’re feeling edgy and want to try and fill in the entryway with jute carpeting, then you’ve got only one real natural fiber option: wool.
Wool has a variety of superior qualities: it’s one of the greenest options on the market and it’s crazy soft. Synthetic fibers can’t actually even get close to how soft wool fibers are, and it totally shows. The biggest downside to wool is that it’s the most expensive on the option. Nylon is a close second, but it’s still more economic than wool is. It also soaks up moisture in a way that the other types of fibers simply can’t compete with. This makes it a horrible choice for a basement level. However, if you’re looking for a great substitute for wool carpeting, there are options. You can pretty easily find acrylic-wool blends that will certainly serve you well in terms of giving you that wool softness without being overly temperamental or pricey. Look for 20% acrylic/ 80% wool blends. A few reputable brands offer it and provide that durability and softness of wool at a better price point.
Ready to find the perfect carpet for you? Come in and speak with some of our experts who can give you a better assessment of your needs and help you determine what kind of flooring is best for your home renovation project in Baltimore.