As you're shopping around for carpet for your home, one of the options you're likely to come across is wool. This material is increasing in prevalence as more and more homeowner are searching for natural alternatives to the ever-popular synthetic carpet fibers. But wool is not ideal for everyone. Here's a look at the pros and cons of this carpeting material.
Pro: Wool is less polluting than synthetic materials.
Wool is made from the coats of sheep. The sheep are not harmed in the process. Their coats are just sheared off and will regrow again -- they are not skinned or killed to obtain the wool. Thus, wool is a natural, renewable material. Producing it does not cause much pollution or the use of toxic chemicals. For this reason, those who are looking for green alternatives often prefer it to synthetic carpet fibers, which are produced in factories that may release toxins into the atmosphere.
Pro: Wool carpet is stain and dirt-resistant.
Wool has a natural water-repelling property. If you spill something on it, the liquid will bead up on the surface of the wool, and as long as you get to it properly, you should be able to soak it up before it leaves much of a stain. Dirt also remains near the surface of a wool carpet, rather than sinking deeper into the fibers like it does with a synthetic carpet. This makes wool carpeting easier to keep clean.
Con: Some people are allergic to wool.
Before you buy a wool carpet, make sure you expose yourself to some wool sweaters and socks. If these irritate your skin or make you feel itchy, you're probably allergic to wool and should not opt for a wool carpet. When you have wool carpet in your home, you have to be wary that guests who visit won't want to sit on the floor or walk across the carpet with bare feet.
Con: Wool has to be treated carefully to avoid shrinking.
You have to be careful about getting wool wet. If it does become wet, it needs to be dried very quickly and without heat, or else it will shrink. For this reason, you really can't clean a wool carpets with a home carpet shampooer. Though wool carpets don't need cleaning very often thanks to their dirt-resistance, when yours does need cleaning, you'll need to hire a professional who has the right equipment to safely clean and dry your carpet.
For more information, contact Costen Flooring America or a similar company.