Working from the ground up!
Flooring is the basic starting point for any interior design. Carpet flooring is a great choice since it is cozy, warm, and comfortable. The perfect fit in any family home.
Yet, there are so many options to choose from. Nylon, acrylic, polyester, wool…
How do you choose?
Wool Carpets Pros and Cons
If you are considering a wall to wall wool carpeting for your bedroom or an area rug in front of your living room sofa, read on. In this article, we will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of wool.
A natural and eco-friendly carpet material. A wool carpet should be a top contender when making your flooring decision.
Little spoiler… the positives significantly outweigh the negatives! Wool is a glass half full kind of material.
Benefits of Wool Carpets
Here is why you should choose the wool carpet for your bedroom or living room floors.
Looking for comfort?
It starts at your feet! A wool carpet adds a little luxury to not only your home but your toes! A wool carpet is naturally soft. Other unnatural, synthetic materials simply can’t compete.
If you’re keen to have a cozy, family home then a wool carpet is the sure choice for you.
It’s a winner.
The Mo Farah of carpets.
Wool carpets will last longer than any synthetic fiber carpet. If you invest in a good wool carpet, the chances are it will still be looking good after 20 years.
It may be an investment, but if you’re after sustainability then a wool carpet is your best option.
When faced with fire a wool carpet will naturally self-extinguish. Although it may syringe and char, any synthetic alternative would react far more unpleasantly. They release toxic fumes and melt.
This doesn’t mean you should place wool around your fireplace. But it does mean that if you drop a cigarette or candle the worst consequence will be a nasty black stain.
Easy to Maintain
Sure, it may require a hoover every now and again, but a wool carpet is relatively easy to maintain.
It holds color well, and it fades less than a nylon carpet.
Treat your wool carpet to a steam treatment regularly and you will reap the benefits. A long-lasting, fantastic looking carpet. However, keep in mind that wool is not stain-free.
Fighting dirt every day. Well, that’s a bit dramatic… but there is an element of truth.
Wool is a natural fiber. The Fibres help stop dirt from embedding into the carpet due to their microscopic scales. On top of this, the scales reflect light! This means that any dirt that has managed to squeeze through is cleverly hidden.
Sounds pretty magical right?
Who knew a wool carpet could do so much?
Wool is a renewable and natural resource.
It is bio-degradable and recyclable. Also due to its durability, wool carpets generate less waste.
A wool carpet is an environmentally friendly flooring option for your home. In a time when it’s important to take care of the world, a wool carpet is a great choice.
Not only does it deter bacteria, but a wool carpet is also great for repelling allergies. Perfect for a home whose residents have sensitive noses!
The wool carpet holds the dust (without allowing it to embed into the carpet) until you’re ready to vacuum it.
A clever little trick. No more sneezing!
Wool is super absorbent!
This is perfect for your household environment. Wool carpets absorb and release moisture from and into the air when it is needed.
Suffering from dry air? Try a wool carpet to keep your moisture balance in check.
Wool has two major disadvantages when compared to other types of carpets.
Not great if you have little ones at home or suffer from a bad case of clumsiness (like myself). A wool carpet may not be the best choice for you.
As mentioned, wool is thick and very absorbent. Great for natural humidity but not so great for spills and stains.
Of course, it is advised to clean up a spill on any carpet as quickly as possible, as most materials will mark. However, if left too long, the spilled substance may absorb into the wool and not come out at all.
Well… diamonds don’t come cheap.
There is no doubt wool is the best carpet option. It has so many advantages above synthetic options. Yet this comes with a price tag.
Well, you know what they say… quality, not quantity. Although your wallet may disagree.
Wool Carpet FAQ’s
Struggling with your decision?
Here are a few FAQ’s to point you in the right direction.
How much should I expect to pay for a wool carpet?
If you’re interested in this quality material it will cost at least $10 per square foot, if not more.
The average price in the USA is around $14 per square foot.
How long does a wool carpet last?
A wool carpet often lasts between 20 and 25 years. Perfect if you’re decorating your long-term home. Less decorating and more eco-friendly!
Where should I use a wool carpet?
Wool carpet is durable and withstands footprints well. It’s great for use in the living area, dining room, bedroom, and stairs.
It is not recommended to use any type of carpet in areas rich with heat or moisture, such as the bathroom or kitchen.
How do I clean a wool carpet?
For general maintenance wool carpets require regular hoovering. For a deeper clean it is recommended you use a professional carpet cleaner.
However, you can follow these steps for a quick clean to keep your carpet in shape:
- Hoover (remove all dirt)
- Use a gentle carpet detergent. Fill a large bucket with cool water and add a gentle detergent such as Woolite.
- Gently scrub the carpet using a sponge and the detergent (do not over-wet the carpet)
- Rinse. Use a clean sponge and water to rinse the area you have scrubbed
- Blot. Use a towel to dry up the water.
- Allow it to dry. Make sure the carpet is completely dry before stepping on it.