Advantages of wool carpet
Wool is the most durable carpet you can buy, if properly taken care of. It is not unusual to find wool carpeting as much as 20 years old. Some wool flooring even makes it to 50 or 60 years old, which is much longer than the useful life of synthetic carpets.
Wool fiber is resilient and holds its shape well. Naturally coiled, these fibers bounce back better and longer than synthetic versions. Being crushproof, wool flooring holds up to the weight of furniture and foot traffic.
Wool is also naturally fire retardant because of its high moisture content. Because of it’s protein based chemical make up, these fibers accept dye easily. This product can come in beautiful, vibrant colors.
Flooring made of this fiber has good insulating properties. Good insulation will help you save on heating and cooling and make your floor feel more comfortable to walk on. Also helping absorb noise, good insulation keeps the house a little quieter.
Wool carpet is a greener flooring choice
Another advantage to this carpet is that it is a “greener” choice than some other flooring materials. Wool, especially high quality, is often available organic. At the very least, this product comes from sources that don’t use pesticides on fields or harmful chemicals on the product.
It also takes between 1/6 and 1/3 less energy to produce wool flooring than it does to produce a carpet made of polypropylene or nylon. This product is also easily renewable. Sheep are full grown at two years and adult sheep are generally sheared once a year.
Wool carpet is biodegradable. When you do replace this flooring, it won’t sit in a landfill as long as a synthetic fiber would.
Disadvantages of wool carpet
This flooring requires careful professional cleaning regularly, preferably before it starts to look dirty. While wool does offer some stain resistance, it can absorb protein based spills like food and beverages, blood, or pet urine. This product can also be vulnerable to stains from liquids like tea, coffee, and wine. Spills should be dealt with promptly by blotting them up with a paper towel or cloth. These carpets release soils, like the dirt tracked in on your shoes, easier than synthetic fibers. Do not treat this flooring product with stain protectors that contain silicone. These stain protectors can actually attract soil making your carpet dirtier, faster.
One of the main disadvantages many people find with this flooring is the cost. Wool is the most expensive fiber used for carpet and can cost twice as much as a high quality nylon. Before you discard wool as an option, you should consider the value versus costs. If this flooring is out of your price range, there are some wool blend carpets that are generally less expensive.
At Gowdy Flooring we can assist you with choosing the right carpet for your home. Call us at (806) 353-6226 for more information. You can also connect with us via email on Contact Us. Please visit our showroom located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.