Carpet flooring in Santa Ana, CA from Avalon Wood Flooring

Nylon vs. polyester: what is the difference?

When shopping for carpet flooring, the two characteristics most explored are durability and stain resistance. Nylon and polyester are the most popular fibers, but they vary, making each behave differently.

Nylon: accounting for over 50% of carpets

This is the #one choice of those shopping for carpet in Santa Ana. Nylon is known for ultra strength and resiliency; the latter can bounce back into shape after compression, such as walking or standing on it. This makes it the best choice for carpet floors in busy rooms with heavy foot traffic, as it can stand up to any amount of wear and punishment. Nylon can also be soft, depending on style.

There is good stain resistance when a protectant is used and also explore solution-dyed options. This refers to the dye being "baked in" during the manufacturing process instead of just sitting at the tips, making the rug more colorfast. Nylon also has two versions: nylon 6.0 and 6.6, the latter being said by some to be more colorfast.

Polyester: excellent stain resistance

Ultra-soft polyester is also known as a hydrophobic fiber, meaning that it doesn't absorb, making the stain resistance virtually inherent. It is, however, less resilient than nylon, so these rugs are best for moderately foot trafficked rooms. Instead, explore polyester PET, an eco-friendlier choice often made from recycled plastic bottles.

A word about stain resistance

We have an assortment of solution-dyed items and also carry PureColor? Dream Weaver Carpets. All enhance color retention and resist fading. Be sure to explore and ask about these when exploring our inventory.

Avalon Wood Flooring has over 60 years of experience in the flooring industry, serving homeowners and designers, architects, contractors, and other businesses. Our professionals will help you find the right carpet for your needs and give you a free quote. Our showroom is in Santa Ana, CA, and we also service Irvine, Newport Beach, and Corona Del Mar.