Characteristics of Different Types of Fibers

fiber nylonNylon

  • Durable, resilient.
  • Abrasion-resistant.
  • Versatile in coloration possibilities.
  • Favorably priced.
  • Must be treated to be stain and soil resistant.

DEFINITION: Fiber-forming substance of any long-chain, synthetic polyamide having recurring amide groups as an integral part of the polymer chain. First used in 1959 in carpet. Offered as BCF or staple. Used in residential and commercial applications. Produced as a solution-dyed fiber or white yarn to-be-dyed. Accounts for 65% of all face fibers in carpet.

pet polyesterPET Polyester

  • Color clarity.
  • Colorfastness.
  • Resistant to water-soluble stains.
  • Noted for luxurious “hand.”

DEFINITION: Made from terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. Offered primarily as a staple product, although some BCF in being produced. Used in residential and commercial applications. 100% of Mohawk’s Staple Polyester is PET Polyester, manufactured from recycled plastic bottles.

fiberTriexta PTT

  • Permanent Stain Protection
  • Wear Resistant
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Luxurious Softness
  • Quick Drying

DEFINITION: A completely new form of carpeting fiber made from the combination of 1.3 propanediol (PDO) and terephthalic acid (TPA). Triexta PTTĀ properties are derived from a unique semi-crystalline molecular structure. Used currently in residential applications and as BCF.

fiber olefinOlefin or Polypropylene

  • Resists fading.
  • Inherently stain resistant.
  • Limited color selection.
  • Generates low levels of static electricity.
  • Chemical, moisture, and stain resistant.
  • Favorably priced
DEFINITION: Fiber-forming substance of any long-chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85%, by weight, of ethylene, propylene, or other olefin units. Offered primarily as BCF with some staple product available. Primarily sold as solution-dyed or pre-dyed fiber. Can be engineered for outdoor applications.

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