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Polypropylene carpet or olefin carpet is carpet made from synthetic, non-porous fibers that is considered one of the cheapest carpets in the market. It is petroleum-based and resists moisture unlike any other carpet. Because of this quality, it is considered the best type of carpet for outdoor use. It is also resists stains and fading because it is solution dyed -- the color permeates the fiber through and through.

However, polypropylene or olefin is also the weakest of all synthetic carpet fibers. As such, it is ideal for carpets with low pile height. Carpets made of polypropylene in high piles are more likely to be easily matted and flattened over a short period of time. It is not as durable as nylon, but it will serve its purpose well for homeowners on a budget.

Avoid Crushing & Matting of Polypropylene Carpets (Olefin)

One of the disadvantages of polypropylene carpet is its low melting point. Even the friction from the sliding of furniture across the carpet can cause burns and leave a mark. When moving furniture on the carpet, lift it up instead of sliding or pushing. Since polypropylene is also prone to matting and crushing, furniture should be set on gliders and moved an inch regularly. To minimize traffic patterns, furniture should be rearranged once in a while to redirect foot traffic in other parts of the carpet.

Removing Stains from Polypropylene Carpets (Olefin)

Polypropylene is resilient to normal stains and can be cleaned easily. However, soil and oil will be a lot harder to remove. Thus, it is not advisable to place olefin carpets in areas where dirt and oil can be tracked in.

Cleaning Polypropylene Carpets (Olefin)

To keep polypropylene from absorbing soil and darkening, it should be vacuumed at least once a week or more depending on the level of foot traffic. Stains and dirt spots can be easily cleaned by warm water and a dish detergent. Pour 1 teaspoon of dish detergent into a cup of warm water and use the solution to scrub the spot with a clean cloth. Dip the cloth in the solution and scrub a couple of times until the stain or dirt has been removed. Once the spot has been cleaned, just let it air dry.

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