Which are the good Synthetic Fibers for Carpets Acrylic or Nylon?

by Nirmal Patel Degital Marketing Manager

Synthetic carpet fibers come in two popular categories, Nylon and Acrylic. Many factors can alter its advantages; however, it is completely depended on general factors like budget, environment and usage. Still, the battle between nylon and acrylic is observed on a daily basis.

We can help you examine the unique differences between the two materials:-


Nylon is a resilient and durable fiber with wear resistant properties. It has the potential to retain its original colour over the course of time. Nylon is also extremely low in moisture absorption, which protects you from exposure to foreign contaminants like fungi, mildew, mold, etc. Nylon is also usually stain proof and if contacted with any stains, can be easily removed with surface cleaning. It is always better to opt for a nylon carpet with a brand since lower quality nylon can cause stain and soiling and a power chemical resistant to acidic food contaminants. Nylon also can fade, when exposed to constant sunlight. While Nylon may be better than other synthetics it can also be quiet expensive, if not sourced from the right supplier or manufacturer.


These fibers used in acrylic synthetic flooring are made from polyacrylonitrile. Acrylic carpets are generally known for its genuine appeal and soft texture. You can consider them to be as soft as sheep's wool. With a delicate fuzziness, Acrylic fibers can be considered glamorous and elegant. However acrylic fibers have low resilience and are very flammable in nature. This is not so much of a conflict, since today's acrylic carpets and acrylic flooring services come treated with flame retardants. Make sure you have a check before purchasing the carpet for these elements. Generally used for small carpets

We have further summarized the pros and cons to help you judge the perfect clarification for your indoor or outdoor flooring Carpets:-



  • Excellent sturdiness
  • Very Good Elasticity ( Nylon can stretch up to 33% of its original dimension)
  • Abrasive  and Static Resistant
  • Excellent Resiliency
  • Non Absorbent properties
  • No problem with cleaning
  • Reasonably priced and available



  • Fading while bleaching or UV exposure



  • Wool type properties
  • Soft and Lightweight
  • Cleans well
  • Releases Stains


  • Poor Resilience
  • Exposed to pooling or permanent furniture makings
  • Sensitive to any alkaline chemicals
  • Possibility of Browning overtime

Summary: We recommend choosing nylon for all carpets that require heavy trafficking. For events and functions that require more rough usage nylon is your best bet. With all properties that can help resist unnecessary budgets over cleaning and maintenance. When you consider a small space or a carpet or an area that requires some elegant appeal, and then you can opt for an acrylic version. Now that you know how to pick the best synthetic carpets fell free to explore and make the right decision for your perfect home or commercial application.

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About Nirmal Patel Senior   Degital Marketing Manager

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Joined APSense since, December 9th, 2014, From Mumbai, India.

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