There is an enormous choice these days of floor coverings for your home – from wood to stone, ceramic to vinyl and from coir to wool. It can be overwhelming when choosing the right floor covering to suit your style, your home and your budget, so here, we give you the 8 benefits of choosing a wool carpet to help you make an informed decision.
Wool is a natural fibre that is robust and elastic. The elasticity in the wool fibre provides a sort of ‘spring back’ effect when it’s walked on. Because of this spring back, it’s less susceptible to pile compressions, tracking marks or indentations from furniture and shading.
The springiness of the wool fibre will keep your carpet looking and feeling fantastic for many years to come and is an investment for many years or even decades.
- Dirt and Soil Resistant
Wool fibre naturally contains certain oils that are resistant to soiling and keep dirt at bay. The reason the fibres can do this is because they repel other oil based particles that produce soiling of your carpet. Regular vacuuming will remove any dirt – which will be harder to see with a wool carpet because the fibres of the carpet are opaque.
- Warmth and Comfort
The dense fibres of wool acts as an insulator, so it stands to reason that a wool carpet will keep the cold air from below the underlay trapped so that it can’t permeate into your living space. As such, a wool carpet will be an energy-efficient investment over the years.
- Fire Resistance
It may come as a bit of a surprise, but wool fibres actually melt rather than burn. They possess a slow ignition rate and as a result, can help prevent the spread of fire.
- Fall Friendly
Because of the ‘spring’ in woollen fibres, there is a benefit in helping to reduce injury when falling or tripping. This is especially important if you have small children or are elderly. The spring in the carpet help soften any harsh landing that may occur.
Wool fibres have miniscule scales attached to them which tends to be able to hold fine dust particles within, instead of them being dispersed into the ambient air of your living space. A good vacuum will be able to lift these particles up out of the scales of the wool fibre without it being dispelled into the air.
- Natural and Sustainable product
In this era of sustainability awareness, it’s good to know that wool is a thoroughly natural and eco-friendly product. Wool comes from sheep and it’s important for the health of these animals, that they’re sheared on a regular and systematic basis. This bi-product of sheep health maintenance is put to good use in a highly sustainable way. The sheep grow new wool back again and the whole process starts over, ensuring a fresh and constant supply of wool fibre. As long as there are sheep, there will be wool!
- Wool is biodegradable
When wool is broken down in soil, it produces nitrogen, sulphur, carbon dioxide and water. All of these elements are essential nutrients for plant growth and sustainability of the eco-system.
So, in conclusion, if you’re considering a new floor covering, there are so many benefits to choosing a wool carpet.
We are Winnens – a long established family run leading flooring and interiors specialist based in Cheltenham. Servicing Gloucestershire the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Based on trust, reliability and customer satisfaction. If you’d like more information about flooring, take a look at our website www.winnens.co.uk or give us a call on 01242 521 661.