How to Choose the Right Carpet for Your Home

Choosing the right carpet for your home can be confusing. Whether you’re having trouble choosing the right materials and fibers or whether you’re wondering if carpet is the right choice in general, you’ve come to the right place. When choosing flooring for your home or business, it’s important to consider the benefits and costs of each option. This can depend on a wide variety of factors including lifestyle, family dynamic (do you have pets or kids), and commitment to routine floor care or carpet cleaning maintenance. ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services is here to help you go over these different scenarios so that you can make the best choice for you and your home.

Most modern carpets (about 97%) are made from synthetic fibers, which are more stain resistant and less expensive than natural materials. Only about 3% of carpeting is made from natural fibers (most commonly wool). Some of the most common synthetic materials used to make carpets include acrylic, nylon, and polyester (new and recycled). We’ll go over the pros and cons of each of these materials.

Acrylic

Acrylic fibers are a type of man-made wool. It is purely artificial but gives the look and feel of natural woolen fibers.

PROS: Resistant to stains, static electricity, moisture, mildew, crushing, and fading from sun damage.

CONS: Not durable enough for heavy traffic areas.

Acrylic carpeting would likely be a good choice for bedrooms or home offices where vibrant and plush carpeting is desired but won’t experience heavy foot traffic.

Nylon

Nylon is another synthetic fiber known for its durability. Nylon carpets are known to hold their shape and can last up to 12 to 15 years. It is a popular choice both residentially and commercially appearing in almost 90% of homes and 65% of all facilities.

PROS: Extremely durable with excellent resistance to moisture, mildew, mold, rot, insects, abrasion, static electricity and many common chemicals. It is an easy material to maintain and dye, holding onto its color.

CONS: Unless commercially treated with a stain-resistant product, some nylon carpets are known to be prone to staining. Many premium nylon carpets already come with stain and soil resistant treatments, but make sure to ask.

Nylon fibers offer good resistant to abrasion and can handle high traffic areas of your home or business. They are well suited for hallways, main living areas and children’s rooms.

Polyester

Polyester carpets are known for their bright color options and comparatively strong fade resistance. They are also known to be incredibly stain resistant! They can be new or made of recycled products (mostly recycled bottle caps). Recycled polyester is technically made of plastic, making it non-allergenic and resistant to mold and mildew.

PROS: A wide variety of brightly colored options available, superior stain resistance to water soluble stains, a high level of fade resistance, luxurious to feel and easy to clean. If you choose the recycled option, it’s environmentally friendly!

CONS: It is not quite as durable as other options and does not hold its fiber height under heavy foot traffic or shifting furniture weight. Check the carpet’s durability rating on the carpeting samples in the showroom.

A playroom, sewing room, or sitting room could benefit from the soft and creative fibers available with polyester materials. This type of carpeting would not be good for a hallway or other highly trafficked area.

All carpeting can add a soft and luxurious appearance to any home when properly cared for, so ensuring that you regularly clean your carpets on a semiannual basis is crucial. ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services offers the best carpet cleaning services the greater central New Jersey area has to offer. Contact us today for a custom consultation about your carpets!