When selecting flooring for your home, there are a variety of choices to consider. You likely have budget constraints that will dictate some of your choices, allergies or sensitivities can impact what’s the best flooring option for you, as can your desire for lower-maintenance or easier to clean flooring.
Choosing between types of carpet is no different. Recently, wool carpet has become very popular. There’s a lot of hype surrounding this type of carpet, but choosing the right carpet material for your home is more complicated than just finding the right color or texture.
So, what is it about wool carpet that makes it so popular? Read on to learn more about this carpeting option and the benefits you can receive from using it.
Wool carpets are spun from sheep’s wool, then turned into yarn. They are popular for their hypoallergenic and eco-friendly aspects, as well as the fact that wool is naturally stain-resistant and has a texture that some homeowners prefer.
Because they are made from natural fibers, wool carpets are naturally flame-retardant and durable. They regulate temperature much better than nylon carpets, which can feel damp and cold in humid climates. Wool carpets are a fantastic investment for a home if you intend to stay there for a long time or have a heavily-trafficked area. It gives a feel of luxury to any room and will make you feel like royalty every time you dig your toes into its plush material.
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The next question most homeowners will ask is this: If wool carpet is so fantastic, is it a good fit for my home? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and perks of wool carpet.
Because the material is stain-resistant, wool carpet tends to be easier to maintain than synthetic fibers. It also tends to be more colorfast (dyed in colors that will not fade or be washed out), with the wear of the carpet being more even. Many wool carpet owners say it “ages gracefully.” Vacuuming and an occasional steam treatment should keep your wool carpet in great shape for years.
The natural softness of wool is something that can’t be mimicked by any synthetic fiber. It gives a luxurious look and feel to any room. Because of its natural ability to resist stains and grime, the carpet will look beautiful for many years and even hide dirt in between cleanings.
Wool is the most durable carpeting option. Although it is more expensive than synthetic fiber/nylon carpets, the value that it adds to your home – plus the fact that it will outlast any nylon carpet – actually makes it a very good option for your budget! It is strong and will withstand heavy traffic from feet and pets, and can last for 20 to 25 years.
While a nylon carpet would melt and give off toxic fumes if it was exposed to heat or flame, wool carpet will singe and naturally self-extinguish. This is a great safety measure for your home. If it does catch on fire, it will burn weakly and inhibit the fire from spreading.
You may think that carpet is a bad option for a person with allergies to dust or dirt. However, wool carpet is the best flooring choice for those with allergies. The texture of wool functions as a natural air filter and holds dust and allergens until you vacuum them up. Wool carpet also deters bacteria and dust mites.
Because it is a natural fiber and a renewable resource, wool is eco-friendly. It is also durable, generating less waste. When you do choose to replace your wool carpet, it’s biodegradable and recyclable. As such, it’s one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options on the market!
Of course, there are a few situations where wool carpet may not be the best option. As mentioned before, wool carpets are more expensive upfront than nylon ones. They also may fade faster than synthetic fibers, due to the dying process. Synthetic fibers are also available in a wider variety of styles than wool. Because of their natural makeup, wool carpets can have a “wet dog” smell if not kept dry.
Whatever flooring option you choose, the most important thing to remember is that having a professional team install your carpets will save you money in the long run. They can help you choose something suited to the room and your needs, then make sure that everything fits tightly and neatly.
If you’re in the market for new flooring, contact us today to find out more about what options we can offer you!