Olefin, or polypropylene, is a type of synthetic carpet that is made from melting down plastic pellets and forcing them through a spinneret, which is then spun and woven into a fabric. Olefin has a wool-like appearance and is commonly used in area rugs. Here are some of the pros and cons of olefin carpet.  
 
First, let’s take a look at some of the pros. 
 
Resistance to Mildew — Since olefin is completely made from plastic materials, it is very resistant to moisture. Olefin will generally only absorb only one-tenth of its weight in water, which is great for resistance to mold and mildew. 
 
Stain Resistant — Since it doesn’t absorb liquid, olefin is dyed during the production process, which means it has no “open dye sites.” In other words, if anything spills on this carpet, there will be nowhere for that juice to stain. You can even bleach this carpet without it changing its color.  
 
Inexpensive — Olefin carpet has a low production cost, which means it will be considerably less expensive than nylon or even polyester carpets. If you’re looking at budget concerns when choosing carpet, olefin can be a good choice to keep costs down. 
 
Let’s take a look at one or two cons of olefin. 
 
Resiliency — A carpet’s resilience is its ability to keep its shape after being stepped on repeatedly. Olefin is one of the least resilient fibers in the carpet world, so it’s best to keep it in low traffic areas, or it will look like it needs replacing quickly.  
 
Easily Damaged by Friction — Be very careful when you’re dragging items across olefin carpet, as it can cause damage quite easily. Moving anything heavy over this carpet can cause damage.  
 
While there are many pros and cons of olefin carpet, depending on what you’re looking for, olefin might be just the carpet for you. 

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