What to Know About Nylon Carpets

Learn about the advantages that make nylon carpet the most popular carpet material in the world.

Nylon carpet remains a popular flooring option among homeowners. If you’re exploring carpet options for your home, here’s what to know about it.

What is Nylon Carpet?

Nylon is a synthetic (manufactured) material created in the 1930s as a substitute for more expensive silk. Manufacturers began using it for carpeting in the 1950s. Since then, it has gone on to become the most popular carpet material in the world.

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Types of Nylon Carpet

You may hear a carpet salesperson refer to two types of nylon carpet: 6 and 6,6. The numbers refer to the different carbon structures of each nylon type. While in the past 6,6 bested 6 in quality, more recent tests reveal no noticeable differences between them. Both types are highly durable, making them a great choice for any room in your house.

The main consideration when choosing a nylon carpet is whether to go with a branded version like Stainmaster or Wear-Dated, or a non-branded version. In the past, consumer testing revealed branded nylon carpets performed better. That’s no longer necessarily true. Still, if you’re going with a non-branded nylon carpet, ask whether it was treated with a high-quality stain-resistant coating.

Nylon Carpet Pros

  • Highly durable: Because it holds its own so well against wear and tear, nylon carpet typically lasts longer than most other carpet materials.

  • Stain resistant: While nylon is not naturally stain resistant, most nylon carpets today are treated to help them resist stains.

  • Keeps its shape: Nylon’s chemical structure keeps it from looking matted. (To keep nylon carpet looking its best, steam clean it annually.)

  • Hypoallergenic: Nylon resists moisture, dirt and mildew, so it’s a great choice if anyone in your house suffers from allergies.

Nylon Carpet Cons

  • More expensive than other carpet options: At $3.25 to $7.50 per square foot, nylon carpet is not the cheapest carpet option around. It’s still a steal when compared to hardwood flooring, which costs around $8 to $22 per square foot, installed.

  • Static generating: Nylon tends to build up static electricity, so you might want to rethink it if you live in a dry area. (Fortunately, there are ways to reduce static electricity from carpets and other parts of your house.)

  • Less soft than other carpet options: Carpet materials like wool and polyester are better options if softness is a top priority.

Amanda Prischak
Amanda Prischak is a freelance writer based in Erie, Pennsylvania.