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The Ultimate Choosing the Right Carpet Fiber Quiz
by Staff
Want to increase the value of your house? Install carpets! But there are so many fiber types to choose from: wool, polyester, nylon acrylic -- where to start? Take our quiz and get the lowdown on the advantages and disadvantages of the materials on the market.

What percentage of the cost of a carpet does the fiber account for?

  • 20 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 80 percent

How many factors are there to take into consideration when choosing which carpet fiber you want?

  • two
  • five
  • 10

Which dying method is of higher quality?

  • solution dying
  • stock dying
  • ink dying

From which material are two-thirds of the carpets in the U.S. made from?

  • wool
  • polyester
  • nylon

When was nylon invented?

  • 1850s
  • 1930s
  • 1980s

Which type of nylon is better quality?

  • type 6,6
  • type 6
  • type 5,5

From what material are the brand name carpets Tactesse, Durasoft and Anso Caress?

  • nylon
  • wool
  • polyester

What voltage of static electricity can nylon carpeting generate?

  • 120 volts
  • 1,200 volts
  • 12,000 volts

What are some nylon carpet brand names?

  • StainMaster
  • SuperSynthetic
  • Wear and Tear

What is another name for olefin carpeting?

  • formaldehyde
  • polypropylene
  • polyester

What is olefin carpet best used for?

  • the bathroom
  • the bedroom
  • the rumpus room

What is a major disadvantage of olefin carpet?

  • It is very static.
  • It shows up dirt.
  • It is expensive.

What can polyester fibers me made from?

  • glass
  • cotton
  • recycled drink bottles

What is the downside of polyester?

  • It is not very durable.
  • It is very static.
  • It is expensive.

What percentage of the U.S. market does wool make up?

  • 1 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 20 percent

From which country does the finest wool originate?

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland

What is wool a popular choice for?

  • rugs
  • hotels
  • old age homes

What is acrylic made from?

  • polyester
  • wool cut offs
  • a clear plastic

What material is acrylic meant to imitate?

  • wool
  • silk
  • cotton

What is a disadvantage of acrylic?

  • It is not as durable as wool.
  • It is very static.
  • It is difficult to clean.