Wool Carpet: Pros & Cons

There are many carpet fibers to choose from when selecting a carpet, we often forget about wool carpets. Although it may be less commonly used, wool is making a place for itself in the market thanks to its sustainability and durability. That being said, no carpet comes without disadvantages, so we are going to break down the pros and cons of wool carpet to help you decide if it is the right choice for you and your lifestyle.

Pros of Wool carpet:

Sustainability – This is maybe the greatest advantage to wool carpet, especially with more and more information about climate change coming out everyday and the importance of shifting to sustainable building is higher than ever. Wool is an extremely ecofriendly flooring product as it is made from a renewable resource, wool from sheep that are treated in an ethically and humane way. In addition to it being a renewable resource, it is biodegradable, unlike its synthetic counterparts. It will also continue to help the environment even when it is installed. Wool is a great insulator and will help cut down your energy bill in the winter months. Finally, the manufacturing process is also greener. In comparison to the synthetic carpets, it takes only 1/3 – 1/6 of the energy to produce.

Durability – It is no secret that wool is extremely durable and resilient, humans have been using it for centuries in their homes and to make clothing. It is durable enough to be used on stairs and in commercial spaces, especially if it is a low pile carpet. If properly maintained, wool carpet will keep its original appearance for many years, even in high traffic areas. Although, not quite as resilient as nylon, wool has strong bounce back qualities that help it last for years to come. Wool fibers have tiny microscopic scales that help prevent the carpet from soiling.

Hypo Allergenic – Wool carpet will absorb airborne dirt, dust, and fumes the same way it does water, by trapping the particles in the carpet to be easily vacuumed away later. The particles get trapped in the high pile of the wool carpet and with its unique structure, wool releases soil 25% more readily than synthetic carpets.

Source: Godfrey Hirst

Cons of Wool Carpet:

Cost – It is no secret that wool carpet is known as a luxury carpet fiber and therefore is more expensive than its synthetic counterparts. Unfortunately, there is no way around it, however the investment can be worth it by extending the life of the carpet, the total costs including installation replacement is much less.

Staining – Wool carpet does not require any more maintenance than synthetic carpets, however, because it is natural material there are some safeguards you should be aware of to ensure your carpet last for many years. Make sure you clean up spills immediately.  Wool does repel spills and soil and holds dirt near the surfaces to assist in vacuuming removal.  Any deep cleaning should be completed by professionals, who are familiar with the fiber as some cleaners can stain and damage wool carpets.

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