Nylon Berber Carpet
Nylon Berber carpet is the most common type of Berber seen in residential homes. Commercial buildings use more olefin. The reason we believe nylon is the most common is it follows the middle road between economy and luxury, giving it a lot of versatility. Wool Berber carpet is considered the luxury of Berber carpets. Olefin Berber carpet took the reign as the economical Berber carpet variety. If you are looking for a Berber carpet that will show some durability but not break the bank, nylon may be the right fiber for you. Read on...
Consumer Alert: Nylon Berber carpet comes in two forms: branded and unbranded. The branded varities were tested to have much greater stain defense than the unbranded versions. Make sure when you are buying that it is clear whether the carpet is branded or generic. Brands included Dupont, Honeywell, and many others. For the sake of clarity, the rest of the article refers to branded nylon Berber carpets.
Carpets take a daily beating. Their ability to resist being smashed down is impressive, but some have this ability greater than others. Nylon Berber carpet is part of the elite resistance to crushing category. It does a much better job at maintaining its shape than other Berber carpets (not include wool). This is important for two reasons. The obvious reason is that nobody likes their carpet to appear smashed down--flattened carpet is associated with old carpet. The second reason is that, due to lighting and reflection properties, crushed carpet can appear dirty, even after it has just been professionally cleaned.
No Flash Burns
Some varieties of Berber carpet have a tendency to melt in areas where furniture has been dragged. The dragging of the furniture causes heat from friction that scorches the carpet. Nylon Berber carpet has a high flash point. In other words, it won’t scorch easily. You can be a little more reckless when moving furniture on your nylon Berber carpet (although we don't encourage it).
Easy to clean
With nylon Berber carpet, there's no reason to cry of spilt milk. It is effectively stain resistant, as well as mold and mildew resistant. This is not to say that it is invincible against stains, mold, and mildew. Nevertheless, quick action to clean up a spilled drink will usually do the trick. With this said, avoid exposing your nylon carpet to oils--like the other synthetic fibers, nylon Berber carpet attracts oils, and they can be difficult to remove.
If you choose nylon Berber carpet over the more expensive wool variety, you will no longer have a natural carpet fiber. That means you are no longer "going green". You may miss the soft comfort of wool, and oil tracks will likely give you a much bigger headache with nylon Berber carpet than they would wool. In addition, if you are on a tight budget, nylon loses the economic war to olefin by a considerable margin (exception: check out our guide on how to buy carpet. people have saved so much they got nylon in their home for cheaper than what they would have paid for olefin.).
The verdict on nylon Berber carpet
We really like nylon Berber carpet. It is possible to purchase without draining your bank account. In addition, it is the king of stain resistance (taking into account the consumer alert above). Also, it resists the major drawback of other synthetic Berber carpets: crushing. Nevertheless, nylon Berber carpet is not the cheapest option. If you have read all the facts and want to floor your house with nylon Berber carpet, make sure that it is 100% nylon. Many nylon carpets are blends. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but carpets tend to take on the worst properties of either fiber.