Nylon carpets are popular due to their durability, stain and dirt resistance, good looks and ease of maintenance. Let’s look at the reasons behind the ever-growing popularity of nylon carpets.
1) Nylon Carpets Are Resilient
Nylon is the most preferred fibre for carpets especially in high-traffic areas. Nylon carpets are ideal in hallways, family dens and living rooms, or any other room where your family tends to spend time in.
Nylon carpets have a good yarn memory. This means that the synthetic fibres hold their shape despite heavy footfall. They also do not produce static. The pile can hold the twist for a long period of time and look fresh and new for several years.
2) Nylon Carpets Are Easy to Maintain
Nylon carpets remain beautiful and fresh with proper care.
Stains pose a big problem to carpets and rugs. All quality nylon carpets are treated with stain- and soil-resistant coating which prevents the stains from running deep and the soil from collecting in the fibres. You need to apply this coating or treatment periodically for best results.
Another unique trait of nylon fibre is that its structure is partly composed of hydrogen molecules. They are responsible for the shape retention or resilience of nylon carpets. Hydrogen molecules can be revived by hot water extraction or steam cleaning.
This is particularly useful when the fibres are flattened or worn out in the high traffic areas of your home. The heat reactivates hydrogen molecules and the fibres retain the original shape, and you have your beautiful carpet back!
Steam cleaning your carpet every year or once in 18 months will help it regain its texture and sheen, and look as new again.
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3) Nylon Carpets Have Good Stain-Resistant Qualities
As stated earlier, nylon tends to hold on to stains. To prevent this from happening, most new techniques employ cutting-edge stain prevention treatments.
Solution-dyed nylon is considered to be the most stain-resistant. In this process the colour is locked into the fibre during its production, as against dyeing the fibre after production.
The colour is a part of the structure of the nylon fibre and is permanent. Also, it lasts for years and is fade-resistant. Stains from spills and falls are unable to attach themselves to the fibre cells, allowing you to remove them easily.
4) Nylon Carpets Are Not Prone to Damage
Nylon carpets are resistant to mould, dust and mildew. They also have excellent moisture-resistant qualities. Nylon can withstand damage from moisture and wetness, and is suitable for use in bathroom and kitchen.
These qualities makes nylon hypoallergenic and safe for homes.
Type 6,6 nylon is considered high quality and is usually branded, with DuPont being a popular name. But unbranded nylon should not be discounted totally. It is usually cheaper than and as good as the branded nylon.
A well-made type 6 nylon carpet is as good as the upgraded version (type 6,6) and will serve your purpose perfectly.
5) Nylon Carpets Are Long-Lasting
Middle and high-end nylon carpets can last up to 12 -15 years. The lifespan also depends on how well you maintain and care for your carpet, and the traffic flow in particular areas.
Nylon carpets have a lot going for them. They have strong anti-stain protection and are mould and mildew-resistant. They may not be as plush and luxurious as wool carpets, but are comfortable and very good-looking.
Nylon carpets may be the most popular for residential use, but they do have a few drawbacks which you may do well to keep in mind.
a) Nylon Carpets Are Costly – Their average price ranges between S$10 – S$56 per square yard, excluding materials and installation charges. Padding and installation can increase the costs by S$2-S$7 per square yard. For a professionally installed high-quality branded nylon carpet you may have to shell out S$30-S$37 per square yard. Thus you can see that you do pay a premium for the luxurious feel and durability of nylon carpets.
b) Nylon Carpets Are Not Green – Unlike wool carpets which are natural and renewable, nylon carpets are man-made. They have several other synthetic components also. Nylon is not harmful to the environment per se, but is not easily biodegradable. If your nylon carpet ends up in a landfill, it will have a detrimental effect on the environment. You should recycle responsibly and dispose of your old carpets with care.
Carpets enhance the interior décor. And who would not like to kick off their shoes and let their feet sink in a soft and plush carpet after a long day at work? Nylon carpets are great for home use, so choose yours wisely and you will be happy with your purchase.