Wearability. Although polypropylene is a tough, hard wearing material it does not have the same life expectancy as wool, you can expect a decent wool carpet to last around 30 year, much longer if professionally cleaned whereas you might be looking at replacing your synthetic carpet inside 5 years. Of course, one has to factor in initial cost.
Feel or comfort. Polypropylene carpets begin life with a soft, smooth feel to the touch but as they age they tend to become harder with a slightly brittle or plastic feel.
Polypropylene carpets are usually treated to make them flame resistant, however, they are initially petroleum based so at sufficiently high temperatures, such as a house fire, they will melt and ignite. They are also susceptible to marking from burns, cigarette burns in motel or hotel room's carpeting provides testimony to that.
At the end of the day, it comes down to budget and end use, but remember, no mater how good polypropylene carpets may seem on paper, like any product they are only as good as the care given to them.
Vacuum regularly to help maintain the colours. Clean up spills immediately.
Steam clean periodically.
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