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After nylon, olefin is the most widely used fiber for carpets and rugs. It is durable and soft underfoot. Although it is not up to the quality of wool, it is far more affordable.
Olefin is not as strong as nylon but it is chemically inert, meaning it can withstand strong cleaning chemicals without damaging the fibers. Olefin rugs cannot withstand heavy foot traffic for too long. These rugs are best kept in low traffic areas to minimize wear and prolong the life of the rug. The synthetic fibers are water resistant, which discourages mold and mildew. However, they are very susceptible to oil staining, so discourage pets and humans from lying directly on the rug.
When shopping for an olefin rug, it is a good idea to look for one that has a low pile or low loops. This will prevent the pile from matting after being repeatedly walked on. You may want to consider darker color palettes when shopping for olefin rugs as well. The darker colors will mask stains and add to the longevity of your rug.
Olefin is best for providing a decorative or statement piece to a room. Although olefin is very easy to clean with soap and water, repeated cleanings may begin to wear on the rug.