olefin carpet fiber (Polypropylene)


Olefin Carpet Fiber

olefin carpet fiber

Olefin carpet fiber is strong, resists wear and permanent stains, and it is easily cleaned. It is notably colorfast because Color is added in the fiber production. It resists static electricity and is often used in both indoor and outdoor installations because of its resistance to moisture and mildew. It is used in synthetic turf for sports surfaces and in the home for patio and game rooms. Many Berber are made of Olefin.

Olefin is the next-best seller after nylon (about 80% of commercial carpet). These fibers are colorfast because the production process involves mixing polypropylene with dyes. Olefin works best in loop carpets such as berbers. It is strong (resisting both crushing and abrasion), mildew resistant, moisture resistant, and easy to clean (bleach can be used safely in some cases). However, olefin can be easy to crush depending on the pile. This fiber is used in many artificial sport turfs.

Olefin Facts:

  • Fiber-forming substance of any long-chain, synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% by weight of ethylene, propylene or other olefin units

  • Offered as BCF or staple

  • Primarily sold as a solution-dyed fiber or yarn

  • Can be engineered for outdoor applications


  • Solution dyed colors

  • Good cover and bulk

  • Abrasion resistance

  • Inherent stain resistance

  • Low static

  • Favorably priced

  • Resists fading


  • Poor resilience

  • Flammability rating typically lower than nylon


  • Contract and residential. Medium to low price points. Also, dominant fiber in primary backing.

Fibers: acrylic | nylon | polyester | wool  
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