Nylon is the most common fibre type used in synthetic carpets. Nylon has been covering floors for decades with a reliable tract record for wear and maintenance. It is a very strong and resilient product, one of the strongest used in synthetic carpets. Nylon is not only strong, but it can also be dyed with beautiful, vibrant dyes. Manufacturers can make many different colours, shades and tones.
Nylon can be manufactured to be soft, and resilient under foot making a warm comfortable surface. This fibre type was originally selected as it had the most potential to mimic the qualities of natural wool blends. Resilience, strength and a pleasing range of colours could be used.
Dispersed Dyed Nylon
Disperse dyed Nylon is a very common type of synthetic carpets on the market in New Zealand. This type of dying is usually a choice for residential synthetic carpets. It is also used in Nylon / Wool blends. These carpets host all of the positive resilience and wear resistance qualities of Nylon.
Disperse dyed carpets are a little more vibrant in the way the dyes used are seen by the eye. The dyes tend to bounce of the fibre more readily, making this form of dying more suitable to consumer preference and changes trending within interior design.
Solution Dyed Nylon
Nylons which have been solution dyed have the dyes / colours imbedded into the synthetic Polymers before the fibre is extruded into the form of a yarn and cooled. The dyes hosted inside the nylons make-up are trapped. This Nylon’ is not designed to be re dyed after manufacture. The benefits of this process include a higher resistance to post lay staining and discolouration.
These carpets are more stain resistant and less susceptible to UV fading. In the past, carpet makers used Nylons with this type of dying process in mainly commercial type products. However the demand for inexpensive and more user friendly product in the residential market have driven this method to more mainstream products and their popularity has increased recently.
Cleaning and maintenance
Keeping carpets in good condition and sanitary, means a process of professional extraction should be planned regularly. A steam extraction process to remove foreign elements to keep these carpets free of excessive wear and pollutants should take place between a six and eighteen months frequency basis. This is in accordance with the NZ/Australian standard for carpet restoration.
To insure carpets receive only appropriate cleaning attention to preserve the manufactures built in soil, stain, bacteria and conditioning products and to prevent wear, only a professional should be used. It is important to insure the firm consulted are adequately qualified.