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(pronounced OH-leh-fehn)

Olefin is a type of synthetic fiber that is used in the production of carpet, upholstery and wallcovering. As any textile fiber does, it has its advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include: resistance to fading from sunlight and resistance to acid-based stains; the production of very low levels of static electricity; low moisture absorption; overall strength, colorfastness and resilience even when wet. Weaknesses include: inability to dye well; a low melting point — i.e., it melts more readily than other fibers.