Pros and Cons of Polypropylene Carpets

June 28, 2019

If you’ve never heard of polypropylene carpets, you will definitely recognise it when you see it. Polypropylene carpets are the most common type of synthetic carpet you see on the market, as opposed to wool or polyester carpets. It’s also called ‘olefin’.

Thinking about buying this type of carpet for your property? Here’s a few things you need to know before making your purchase.

Here’s the pros of Polypropylene Carpets…

  • Polypropylene carpets are inexpensive compared to wool or nylon carpets
  • Superior stain resistance – great for families with young children or pets
  • Can be used outdoors as they are hydrophobic (resistant to water)
  • Lightweight with a low density making it easy to transport and install
  • Easy to clean and doesn’t get damaged so easily by chemical products
  • Well suited for use in office spaces and cars
  • Non-porous material so the carpet will be smell-free
  • Polypropylene doesn’t look its colour easily so won’t fade over time

And here’s the cons…

  • Material easily crushed – not suitable for high footfall areas
  • Oil-based stains are very difficult to remove from the carpets
  • Polypropylene carpets are very sensitive to heat and friction
  • Cured with toxic by-products – only suitable in well-ventilated rooms
  • Limited choice of colours due to the dyeing process

As you can see, this type of carpet has both its advantages and disadvantages. What you need to consider is not only how the carpet will look and feel in your property, but how it will be maintained as well. You also need to think about cleaning and suitability for your property, whether it be for an office or living space.

Maybe you want to think about luxury vinyl flooring instead?

Still not sure? Our experienced and knowledgeable team will be able to go through the finer details before you decide to make a purchase.

For more information about polypropylene carpets, please contact our team.


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