The term "Berber" refers to the weave of the carpet, not the materials. Berber carpet is made from a variety of materials, and the weave results in short loops. The durability and ease of maintenance varies depending on the type of fabric used to manufacture the carpet. A Berber carpet made of quality wool or nylon will have fewer issues than one made of olefin or polyester fibers. While Berber carpet is inexpensive and available in a variety of colors, there are also disadvantages to Berber carpet.
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Carpets require more maintenance than other flooring choices. Berber carpet manufactured with nonwool or nylon fibers can be hard to clean. It is difficult to remove stains from the fibers, and they quickly show wear and tear. Cleaning the carpet can result in a yellow tinge. Carpet holds onto odors, stains and bacteria more than other flooring choices such as hardwood or stone.
Less expensive Berber carpets have a low flashpoint. As a result, the carpets are easily damaged by dragging furniture. The movement of the furniture burns the fabric and leaves an irreversible stain. The loops of Berber carpet are also easily caught in high heels or your pets' nails, which can unravel the carpet. The inexpensive fibers are crushed easily and can not be repaired.
Inexpensive fibers feel rough to the touch. Families with children and others who spend a lot of time walking barefoot or sitting on the floor will want to consider more expensive wool or nylon-fiber Berber carpets.