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Acrylic fibre carpets

Acrylic is a synthetic/artificial fibre made from petrochemicals. Acrylic carpets gained popularity since the 1960’s. The fibre, is also known as art(ificial) wool and was used as a cheap wool substitute. Some desirable characteristics of Acrylic fibre are:

  • The look of Acrylic is very similar to wool, therefore it is widely used as a carpet yarn.
  • It’s bouncy like wool and comfortable.
  • It stands firm against dust, static, grime and mildew.
  • It’s much simpler to clean than wool.
  • Acrylic is not vulnerable to moth/insect/mildew damage.
  • It is a very reasonable option as a carpet yarn as compared to wool
  • Acrylic can be dyed in a myriad of colours
  • Resists to sunlight fading
  • Retains shape, extremely durable, easy maintenance and quick dry qualities as it wicks away moisture.

But acrylic fibre carpets have some shortcomings that have restricted their use.

  • Acrylic is not as tough and hard wearing as wool.
  • Acrylic fibre is prone to pilling.
  • Acrylic is easily stained by oil and grease.

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