Wool carpet is an all-natural, luxurious option for your Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, Grapevine area home. It is durable and comfortable, but it does require some special maintenance considerations. Learn more about the pros and cons of wool carpeting in this quick guide from Floor Coverings International Southlake.
Advantages of Wool Carpet
- Wool is soft and comfortable. Compared to synthetic fibers, wool tends to be softer carpeting that simply feels better underfoot. Many people install wool carpeting in their bedrooms or family rooms for precisely this reason.
- Wool is naturally insulating. Wool has been used as a natural insulation for hundreds of years. It will keep a room warm on chilly winter mornings and help maintain a constant level of humidity in a room.
- Wool is water resistant and fire retardant. Like many natural products, wool repels water and other liquids that could potentially stain the surface. That said, sitting water will be absorbed into the fibers and can cause the carpet to mold. Additionally, wool will burn much more slowly in a fire than other synthetic carpeting options.
- Wool is valuable. Synthetic blends of carpeting are less expensive, but they won’t increase property values the way that wool carpeting will. As a more desirable type of carpet, it’s an investment that will likely payoff in the end in, both for the health of your family and potential resale value.
Caring for Wool Carpet
There are two major ways wool carpet becomes damaged: through improper vacuuming and through staining. Improper vacuuming is one of the biggest culprits of a fuzzing, degraded wool carpet. Wool carpeting has to be vacuumed frequently in order to pick up dust and dirt that can otherwise work its way into the carpet. But wool carpeting cannot be vacuumed with many popular household vacuums because they are too rough. A stiff or quickly rotating beater bar is going to dig too far into the carpet and fray its edges.
Wool carpeting must be vacuumed with a moderately gentle vacuum and the beater bars should be adjusted so that they just barely touch the surface of the carpeting. At the same time, wool carpeting should be vacuumed as often as possible, especially in high traffic areas.
Staining can also be a problem with wool carpeting. Though wool is naturally resistant to liquids, stains will absorb deeply in the fibers and be nearly impossible to remove. Spills have to be dealt with as soon as possible, and a professional should deal with any stains that cannot be immediately removed.
When properly cared for, wool carpeting can last for years. This makes it a solid investment, especially because it improves the value of a home in ways that other carpeting does not. To learn more about wool and other carpet fibers, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Southlake. We’ll come to you with samples in our mobile showroom so you can select carpeting in the comfort of your own home.
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