Wool is a natural product (made by sheep!) whilst nylon is man made. Decades ago wool carpets were far superior to nylon, yet in the last 15 years nylon carpets have improved out of sight.
These days nylon carpet is outperforming wool – because there’s no fibre loss from nylon (the fluffing you get on carpet). Infact most people now have wool blend (ie. 80% wool 20% nylon).
You’ll also find that nylon carpets will have guarantees on stains, plus it’s a lot more durable than wool carpet. Depending on the quality of the nylon carpet you buy, you can also receive an appearance retention warranty.
So, in summary the differences are
Wool sheds, nylon doesn’t
Nylon has stain warranties (between 5 and 10 years depending on the quality of the carpet), wool doesn’t
Price – wool is dearer to buy
Appearance retention warranty – on nylon. Wool would typically last longer appearance wise
Nylon - more affordable and bigger colour ranges (you don’t see too many red sheep!)
How do you know what a carpet is worth?
Most carpet is priced is on the weight of the carpet – (‘pile’ per square metre) the more pile per square meter the dearer the carpet. You can also tell by feeling the carpet, and knowing how many ‘tufts’ there are per square meter.
When you visit our showroom we can also show you how to judge a carpet. We can teach you our 5-step test of carpets so you know exactly what you’re looking. Just let us know you’ve been reading this website and we’ll happily share our knowledge.
What carpet is right for me?
This is a question that can only be answered on an individual basis. We want you to have the right product for your environment.
Choose the best carpet for liveability to enhance the time you are in your home.
Help us to help you be letting us know things like… how many people you have in your house, whether you have pets, how often you vacuum, and whether it’ll be used in high traffic areas.
There are so many options to choose from and with our help you can narrow down your choices so that you get the best carpet for your use, and your budget.
What wears harder?
Nylon carpet will wear harder.
However, you’ll need to talk to our expert team to help you make the correct decision for you. As you may want to make a decision base on the ‘hardness’ or ‘softness’ of the carpet.
How easy is it to clean?
That depends on how you live on your carpet.
Just like anything, you’ll need to take care of your new carpet.
Generally speaking, both wool and nylon are relatively easy to clean. Nylon has stain protection applied to it in the manufacturing process. Whereas wool has a natural lanoline which is naturally soil and stain resistant.
However if you do have get a stain, the ease in which you can remove it will depend on the carpet and the type of stain. Click here now for tips on stain removal ( link ).
When you buy from us, you will get charts and cleaning products to remove most common household stains.
Most common household stains can be dealt with through manufactures advice, cleaning charts and some come with a 1800 24hr stain removal ‘help’ line.
Does it show marks/shading?
Cut pile products (where the pile stands erect) – is more prone to shading. Shading is more prone in plushpile carpets than in twistpile carpets. Loop pile and sizal carpet have no signs of shading or marks.
When you come into our showroom we can show you and explain the differences.
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