What is a Nylon Carpet?
In carpet industry, nylon fiber considers the most popular fiber type and carpet material. It has a very good reputation of being durable and relatively easy to maintain. Nylon is more expensive than other synthetic fibers, but is the most versatile of all synthetic fibers when it comes in carpet styling and is the strongest fiber that is an excellent choice for heavy foot traffic areas.
Since it’s the most durable of all existing carpet fibers, its strengths include good abrasion and stain resistance, good in soil hiding ability and good resiliency. There is a difference in carpet prices between branded and unbranded nylon carpets. Appearance and weight cannot determine which one is branded or not. But if you are looking for value goods, consider getting unbranded nylon carpets that offer a considerable benefit for the money. These products have fewer features, but still get the good qualities of nylon at lower carpet costs.
History of Nylon Fiber
Nylon Fiber was invented in 1935 by Wallace Hume Carothers, head of research at DuPont. In 1939. It was first commercially used in women’s stockings at the same time it was used as fishing net and toothbrush bristle. Nylon was only being used as a carpet material in the mid 1950’s. Several years later, BFC or bulked continuous filament nylon was introduced in DuPont (1959).
Characteristics of Nylon Fiber for Carpets
Nylon Fiber is an ideal choice for carpet fibers because it is not only tested its durability, but its resiliency as well. It is an ideal material for carpet and rugs, because it has a very strong fiber that can stands up very well to abrasion and has good texture retention.
Nylon Carpets Durability
Hydrogen molecule plays an important part in nylon carpet fibers’ structure. When nylon fibers have begun to flatten due to foot traffic, heat from steam carpet cleaning reactivates these hydrogen molecules to make these fibers bounced back to its original form. This method of cleaning is necessary and important that can be done every 12-18 months at minimum to ensure its life and form and it’s more preferred over the standard vacuum cleaner.
Nylon must be protected with stain treatment this is since it has a very absorbent fiber. Luckily, today’s technology provides new generation high quality nylon. Today’s nylon has the highest stain resistance than ever before.
The solution-dyed nylon is arguably the most stain-resistant nylon. The color is locked during the production of the fiber hence the color becomes part of the fiber. It is permanent and fade-resistant. Spills and dirt won’t be able to attach themselves to the fiber’s cells to create stains.
A nylon fiber provides the optimal performance and carpet styling. While it prevents the carpet to wear out, it also creates a soft and luxurious feel for the bare feet. The same fibers are being used for seatbelts, airbags, parachute cords and other durable materials. Due to its durability, it is well trusted to handle everyday house hold soiling specially coming from shoes and pets.
Stain Versus Soling of Nylon Carpet
Spilled juices are the most common causes of stains in the carpets. Fruit juices for instances once spilled over the carpet that leave colored spot known as stain. Stain fighting treatments are mostly used to remove carpet stains but due to nylon’s component it only needs little cleansing.
Book a carpet cleaning service or clean the carpet on your own as soon as you see it to prevent the stain from setting deep into the carpet fibers. Scoop the stain with clean cloth then blot with a good stain fighting solution. Do it repeatedly until traces of stains are removed. Rinse any left-over solution out of the carpet then dry it.
Soiling may or may not be Soiling
Soiling is a result of spilled substances. It is said that soiling is the result of residue on the carpet that caused discoloration on the fibers. Some soiling can be attributed to some very strong cleaning products not fully rinsed out of the carpet. Some soiling is a result of walking on barefooted.
It is very simple to prevent soiling for carpets. It is important to rinse the carpet well after treating with solutions. Blotting a clean cloth damped with water is the easiest way to remove residues out of the carpet. While to prevent soiling due to bare foot traffic just simply use socks or slippers on your homes.
Nylon is essentially derived from crude oil. This is a type of plastic that is subject to intensive chemical process resulting in pliable, stretchable fibers that make it very useful as clothing materials. Most specifically this plastic is called polyamides. This is made from reacting carbon-based chemicals found in coal and petroleum in a high-pressure, heated environment.
Nylon carpet is not biodegradable
Strength, durability and ability to be molded into shape are the most useful characteristics of nylon. The disadvantage is that nylon is no way biodegradable. When you no longer need it, it will sit in landfills for almost 50 years.
The Good side
Nylon is plastic, therefore, can never be decomposed. But the good side is, it can be recycled. Many leading manufacturers developed an eco-friendly nylon made from recycled plastics, drastically reducing waste and pollution.
A Nylon Carpet applications
A nylon carpet costs less than a carpet made by any other carpet materials. This is because of supply chain (recyclability) and durability of its component. There are many leading companies of today are now producing nylon to sell to leading carpet manufacturers and carpet dealers whether its in-house or purchase fibers from an outside source.
Average Cost of Quality Nylon Carpeting
Nylon Carpets are readily available at all price points. The cost of nylon carpeting is usually calculated per square foot. It is a versatile fiber that can be used in lower products for added durability over other inexpensive carpet fibers types such as polyester and olefin, but it is also suitable for higher-end products with longer warranties. Overall, nylon’s durability and resiliency make it a very good choice of carpet material, but as always, be sure to consider all factors when making your purchase for your home depot flooring and overall home improvement.
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