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Synthetic Rugs

The term "synthetic rugs" refers to rugs made from any material which does not occur naturally. Before synthetic rugs were invented, all rugs were made from naturally-occurring materials such as wool and silk. Since the introduction of synthetic rugs, consumers have had more options to choose from, allowing them to get the rug that best meets their needs. Synthetic rugs often cost significantly less money than their natural-fiber counterparts, making them attractive to consumers who couldn't otherwise afford to have rugs on their floors. Synthetic rugs also have certain other advantages, such as a greater resistance to staining.

There are many different synthetic materials which are used in the production of synthetic rugs. Viscose is derived from wood pulp and is often used as a low-cost replacement for silk. It is problematic when used by itself, as it is prone to matting. It is best used as part of a blend rather than as the sole material for a synthetic rug. Another common substitute for silk is rayon, which is also made from wood, specifically the cellulose from trees. Again, though it is very similar to silk, rayon is prone to melting when there is an open flame. One of the most popular materials for making synthetic rugs is nylon. Synthetic rugs made from nylon are stain resistant and have good strength and uniformity. There is no limit to the colors that can be used in a nylon synthetic rug, they are very easy to clean, and they stand up well even in heavy traffic areas of the house.

Acrylic can also be used in the making of synthetic rugs, but like viscose it is usually not used on its own. Synthetic rugs that use acrylic are usually blends that are meant to imitate wool at a much lower cost. Polypropylene is another material used in the manufacture of synthetic rugs. Polypropylene fibers are actually petroleum-based, made from propylene and ethylene gases. Polypropylene rugs are not as durable as nylon synthetic rugs, making them less than ideal for high traffic areas of the house. On the other hand, the fibers themselves are relatively strong, stain resistant, mildew resistant, and colorfast. The last type of material used for creating synthetic rugs is bulk continuous filament, which is a type of yarn that is fluffed out by machine before being used in rug making.

In general, synthetic rugs are a good choice if you need a lower-cost floor covering or if you need a rug that is easy to clean. Because synthetic rugs tend to be stain resistant, they are an excellent choice for households full of young children prone to making messes. Before going out and buying synthetic rugs for your house, however, you should be aware of the disadvantages. Synthetic rugs tend to be less durable than their natural counterparts, and new synthetic rugs also tend to emit mildly toxic volatile organic compounds for a few weeks if they are not aired out before being installed. Some synthetic rugs are also more flammable than their natural counterparts, particularly rayon.

Whatever type of synthetic rug you choose, Oriental Rug Care NY has the expertise to handle its care. We have been in the rug cleaning business since 1971, and we have the knowledge and experience to clean, repair, or restore any synthetic rug brought before our technicians. We offer free pick-up and delivery to our local customers and we accept shipping from all 50 states. Look no further than Oriental Rug Care NY for all your synthetic rug care needs.

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