Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Wool Carpet, everything you need to know

Wool Carpets have had a reputation for quality and durability for hundreds of years. Synonymous with luxury, they remain an incredibly popular carpet of choice for homeowners and in the housebuilding sector. There are many pro's in having wool carpet but it might not be the best choice for everyone. Let's have a look at the pro's and con's of wool carpet.
Let’s start off by getting the disadvantages of wool carpeting out of the way first.
The most immediate downside to wool is the cost. There’s no way around it, wool is significantly more expensive than synthetic options.
Another downside to wool is that, because it is hydrophilic, it is also much more prone to stains than other carpeting choices. The fact that it’s so easy to dye (meaning a wide variety of colors and styles) is countered by the fact that stains will set in just as easily.
Wool can also require a bit more maintenance than other carpet styles because it is a natural material. If improperly maintained there is some risk of shrinking. Wool is prone to shedding, also because it is a natural fiber. This will diminish over time, but can be annoying when the wool carpet is new. One of wool’s many good traits is that it functions as a natural humidifier, but if it is placed in areas with high moisture or humidity it can be prone to mold and mildew because of this trait.
Now that we’ve got those caveats out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff. One of the great things about wool carpeting is that it is an ecofriendly flooring option. With more and more information available about the state of climate change and the peril we’ve put the earth in, the importance of sustainable building is higher than ever. Wool is a renewable resource that is grown on sheep that are humanely treated and sheared. It is a completely natural product and is also biodegradable, in contrast to its synthetic counterparts. Wool carpeting will continue to help the environment even after it’s installed, as wool is an excellent insulator and will cut down your energy bill, helping you to become more carbon efficient.
Like we said in the disadvantages section, wool does require some maintenance, although hardly an inordinate amount. Wool hides soil very well, and stores it high in the pile where it is easily vacuumed out. In fact, wool’s unique cellular structure releases soil up to 25% more readily than synthetic carpet. If spills occur, be sure to clean them immediately or else, as we mentioned before, the wool will soak it right up. For any sort of deep cleaning, wool carpeting should be cleaned by professionals who are familiar with the material, as many cleaning products could stain or otherwise damage the wool. For the most part though, weekly vacuuming and carefulness about food and liquids should do the trick to keep wool in good condition.
Wool is an incredibly durable and resilient material, which explains why humans have been using it for homes and clothing for centuries! Wool is tough enough to carpet stairs and commercial spaces, especially if it’s used in a low pile carpet. Wool can handle heavy traffic and keep its original appearance for many years if it is well maintained. It is very resilient and has strong bounce-back qualities, although it is not quite as resilient as nylon. Wool fibers also have tiny microscopic scales which help prevent the carpet from soiling and disperse light. If you care for your wool carpeting, it might last you a lifetime!
Along with all these advantages, wool has a number of other unique attributes that make it a great carpeting choice. For one thing, because wool is so water friendly, it is naturally flame resistant. The same reason it absorbs stains is also what makes it a fire retardant. Wool will not burn or drip or release toxic fumes, it will merely char and blacken; so if you dropped a lit cigarette on a wool carpet, for example, you would get a noticeable mark, but the carpet would not catch fire. This means that wool is an excellent option for rooms that have hearths or fireplaces and you need not fear your candles. Also due to its absorbency, wool is a natural humidifier. When the air is humid, wool carpeting will soak up the moisture levels to restore the balance, and when the air is dry wool will release moisture for the same reason. Another awesome side effect of wool’s absorbency is that it is hypo allergenic. Wool absorbs airborne dirt, dust, fumes, and noise the same way it does water, trapping them in the carpet to be easily vacuumed out later. This keeps the air clean and hygienic.
We love wool carpet and think it can compliment any home, please feel free to chat with us with your ideas and questions.