Olefin (also called polypropylene) is unlike other fiber types. Polypropylene will not absorb water and must be solution dyed. Solution dyeing is a pigmentation process in which color is actually built into the fiber when it is formed which becomes an inherent part that cannot be removed from the fiber. Features include its inherent and permanent resistance to water-based stains, bleaches, sunlight fading and its colorfastness.

Since it is not as resilient as other fibers, polypropylene is normally used in loop pile constructions in which there is less need for superior resiliency.

Color selection is limited due to its dye method. This fiber is popular in Berber carpet styles. Olefin is resistant to moisture, making it the primary fiber used in indoor-outdoor carpet.


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