Olefin is practically synonymous with versatility. It is a synthetic material used in carpet backing, AstroTurf, upholstery and more! Of course, Floor Coverings International Kansas City West is interested in olefin’s capacity as a carpet fiber.
Also known as polypropylene, olefin begins its lifespan as a series of plastic pellets melted down and forced into a spinneret. The fiber is ground out and spun into a yarn, producing the olefin pile that furnishes the floors of many Lenexa homes.
Olefin is a desirable choice for carpet material due to its strong properties of resistance. It is resistant to everything from simple fiber abrasion to water-based stains, mildew, and even fire! One downside of olefin is its vulnerability to oil-based stains. These have a way of damaging olefin fibers and causing permanent blemishes. But in terms of absorption, most common fluids are not absorbed into olefin, meaning your carpet stays free and clear of insidious presences that can fester in other fiber types.
Keeping Your Carpet Clean
Because olefin is so resilient, it tends not to require serious cleaning action very often. However, when a heavy clean is required, olefin can be a challenge. Most carpet deep-cleaning methods are performed via hot-water extraction, as in steam cleaning. But olefin’s special fibers can make this a tough one, since they repel water. Fortunately, with olefin’s unusual chemical resistance, household bleach and similar cleaning agents are actually usable on the fibers!
Olefin carpet has two main items to mention when it comes to the sun. First, it is resistant to the fading that can come with excessive light exposure. However, the second item to note is that without UV inhibitors, olefin fibers can become brittle and uncomfortable to walk on.
Once again, olefin’s chemical resistance come into play: UV sprays can be applied to your olefin carpet to prevent the stiffening process that comes with sun exposure. Another option is UV-protected windows for the room in which your olefin carpet is installed.
Would You Like to Know More?
Olefin is a unique carpet material and you may have unique questions about it! Floor Coverings International Kansas City West is happy to talk carpet anytime. Call at the number below or schedule a free in-home consultation with us to get the ball rolling on your next flooring project. We proudly serve Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Prairie Village, and surrounding areas.