Style vs. substance is applicable to many things in life, including your choice of carpet. The type of carpet you choose will determine how easy it is to clean and maintain your home. The fiber type and construction of your carpet will give you an idea of how hard or how easy it will be to clean the carpet.
So, how much time and maintenance are you willing to spend on cleaning your carpets? The carpet you choose will determine all of that, so choose wisely. In choosing carpet types, Nylon is probably the most popular and best selling carpet fiber. It’s a bit more expensive than Polyester, but it does well with mildew and high traffic areas. Additionally, it’s wear-resistant and reacts well to movement of the furniture, as well as the weight. If you’re looking for the best all-around carpet type, Nylon may be where your search stops. Here are the other types of carpet you can get:
Olefin: This type resists staining, moisture, and color fading pretty well; it just doesn’t do very well with oily soils. This type of carpet would work best in a playroom, since it’s water resistant.
Polyester: This type is resistant to most water-soluble stains and can be easily cleaned; however, it doesn’t do very well against wear and tear. This may work for green-minded folks, as some polyester carpet is made from recycled soda bottles.
Wool Fiber: This type of carpet is luxurious, and is pretty expensive. It is resilient to traffic and wear, and is very soft. On the other hand, it doesn’t resist stains well and may turn yellow in long periods under the sun.
Another option is to use blends and combine characteristics of different fibers.
Anyways, choose your carpets wisely and make sure it’s appropriate for the type of room your putting it in. Do your research!