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Types of Carpet Fibers
What we do here at RUGcycle, is remove your carpet and analyze it using a device that tells us what type it is. We then organize it and ship it out from our warehouse based on the synthetic fiber that was detected.

Nylon 

Nylon accounts for approximately 90% of residential carpeting. It is the most commonly used fiber because it is strong, easy to dye and readily available. Nylon is an excellent choice for all levels of traffic and applications because it maintains its fiber height allowing it to withstand the weight of heavy furniture and people.


Only Nylon 6 can be recycled or re-dyed to the point where it is almost like new carpet every time. Other forms such as Nylon 6,6 are much denser because they have a longer molecular chain.


Olefin (Polypropylene)

Olefin is a very strong fiber that is easy to clean and maintain. It was originally favored for basements due to its resistance to moisture, mildew and water damage. However, this fiber has also been used for exterior purposes in the creation of artificial turf.


Specifically, polypropylene and polyester carpet which have these fiber components can not be recycled back into carpet. None of these fibers are re-dyeable, so it makes them difficult to restore.


PET Polyester 

Recycled plastics, primarily soda containers, are the basis for polyethylene terephthalate or as it is more commonly known as PET. Fibers made from PET are not as soft as other synthetic fibers but they are very durable as well as water and static resistant.


However, the end product is of lesser quality. Some of the problems with PET are that it has a very low flash point, which causes it to be a fire hazard. More importantly it actually creates more waste because this type of fiber can never be made into carpet again. At this time, there are no programs to recycle used PET carpet back into new carpet.



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