Carpeting or area rugs offer a warmth to a room. Hardwood floors or other hard surfaces are clean and expansive looking and work well in both large and small spaces. An area rug can help unify the conversation area of the room, connecting all of the furnishings. Wall to wall carpet, is a plush luxurious look that is elegant.
There are some fine carpets out there in the marketplace. The finest, is wool. While it is often times the most expensive of the carpet fibers to invest in, that investment will last you a good thirty plus years! You may never be investing in carpet again, and if you do, it isn’t going to end up in some land fill until the end of time. If your carpet is still in good condition, you can easily donate or consign it. If it is worn, because of the natural fibers, it is easily biodegradable.
Not all wool carpets are created equal. A jute backed carpet is most desirable for its flexibility and its ease in breaking down. Water will break jute down, so an area where moisture is an issue, will result in the jute backing deteriorating before it’s time. Some chemical based adhesives are used in a good wool carpet to keep the backing and the carpet intact. For some this may be a deal breaker, as the chemical sensitivities prohibit exposure to those particular chemicals. If the carpet doesn’t stay together, it is not eco friendly, as durability is one of the five criteria for being a good alternative to conventional products. Most good wool carpets have minimum chemicals and should be useful to the average consumer making an environmentally responsible choice for home furnishings.
The wool fiber is hypo allergenic, meaning it, in and of itself is not considered an allergen. Most people who claim to be allergic to wool are more likely allergic to how the wool has been processed. If the lanolin, the naturally occurring lubricant from the sheep is stripped with chemicals and left with residue or bonds with the lanolin, it is uncomfortable for most people with sensitivities. In most cases, it is the result of the processing that people react to. If your first experience with wool fiber has been with apparel, wool carpet, may not be an issue. It’s proximity to our skin and the way it is processed and the way we use it is very different. Each individual is different, however, you maybe obtaining some freedom by looking into this beautiful, soft and durable fiber for use in your home.
Wool is naturally dirt repellent. The natural oils in the fiber move dirt and debris to the surface to be brushed or vacuumed away. This makes it very long-lasting, as dirt doesn’t get trapped at the base of the fiber and cut into them. Wool is also a resilient fiber, springing back to its original length. It doesn’t crush or matt. Wear marks are virtually unheard of with wool carpet that is vacuumed once a week. Spills can be dealt with easily, using carbonated water and blotting up the stain. Heat and agitation will set a stain and change the characteristic of the wool fiber, opening up the locking scales, hooking them together. This is undesirable, so blotting is the best method for dealing with stains. Of course, get to them as soon as possible.
Wool carpet can be professionally steam cleaned. Professionals use the proper ph to protect the fibers and is harmless to the environment. Most do it yourself machines don’t reach the temperature necessary to clean the carpet and may actually damage the fibers.
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