The Most Durable Types of Carpeting

For carpet repair and installation, Littleton homeowners trust A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning. Our customers also turn to us for advice on all things carpet-related, and one of the most popular questions we field is, “What are the most durable types of carpeting?”

When discussing carpet durability, it’s best to start with the type of fiber the carpet is made from.

Fiber Choices


Nylon’s durability and versatility make it a natural choice for any area of a home. This is especially true for high-traffic areas, since nylon possesses excellent wear resistance and is easy to clean. Though it isn’t naturally stain-resistant, many nylon carpet varieties are pre-treated with a protective coating to ward off stains and spills.


Carpet options don’t come more natural than wool. Though it tends to be more expensive than other fiber types, wool offers a terrific suite of benefits. It’s stain-resistant, hypoallergenic, and in some variations is even flame-retardant. Plus, wool is exceptionally soft and looks great.


Polyester stands out for its stain resistance and its natural softness. As manmade fibers go, it isn’t as durable as nylon, but significant advancements have been made over the years that have increased polyester’s durability tenfold compared to the polyester carpeting of yesteryear.


Also known as olefin, the biggest upside offered by a polypropylene carpet is its lack of water absorption. This quality makes polypropylene remarkably stain and fade-resistant, more so than nylon or polyester. On the flipside, olefin isn’t as resilient as these fibers, and so its best employed in low-traffic areas of the home.

Texture Choices

After you’ve chosen a fiber, the next step is to pair it with a texture.


Arguably the most popular choice for home carpeting, berber offers the best of all worlds. It’s durable, and thus a top choice for hallways, entryways, and other busy spots. It’s also easy on the eye, because it often possesses a base color and then hints/traces of other colors running through it. In terms of feel, berber boasts a classy, comfortable texture.


A cut carpet’s defining trait is that its yarns are cut at the ends. There are several variations of cut carpet, including frieze, velvet, and the well-known shag. Every variation possesses a soft feel, and their durability depends on the amount of “twists” in the yarns. With so many colors, looks, and “twist levels” to consider, a cut carpet works anywhere in the home.


Loop carpet, notable for its yarns that are looped and uncut on the carpet surface, is naturally durable and an excellent dirt-concealer. Moreover, a loop carpet’s formidable strength and unique construction allow it to turn foot traffic into an asset: the more wear that a loop carpet endures, the deeper and richer its colors appear. A byproduct of this quality is that loop carpet doesn’t require as much vacuuming as other carpet types.

Shop For Carpet With Confidence

If you’ve been searching online for a “carpet cleaner near me”, contact A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning. Not only do we offer a variety of carpet cleaning and repair services, our experienced team will help you assess your durability needs when it’s time to choose new carpet.  Remember at A Personal Touch, “We don’t cut corners, we clean them.”


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