6 Reasons to Choose Luxury Wool Carpets

Luxury wool carpet is a top choice for what is arguably among the most comfortable and high-quality flooring money can buy. It is natural, renewable and incredibly soft, with the potential to last several decades. Here are some reasons why luxury wool carpets are an excellent option.

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It’s resilient

Resiliency refers to the ability to bounce back after compression and maintain shape. Luxury wool carpet certainly has plenty of resiliency. Sure, synthetic fibres, such as polyester, are even springier. But when you’re interested in natural fibre, you can’t go wrong with luxury wool carpet. It will not wear down or mat over time, keeping a beautiful and welcoming appearance.

It cleans well

Luxury wool carpet has natural soil resistance properties. Thanks to its resiliency, it means dirt won’t tend to mess up its appearance, which would require deep cleaning. Dirt and dust take a while to sink down.

It also has a natural resistance to oils. Like other fibres, it cannot resist stains, so if you so desire, you have the option of adding stain protection during the manufacturing process. However, it’s not really necessary with proper cleaning.

A little special care goes a long way with luxury wool carpet. With the right know-how, you can work with it rather than against it. This means using gentle tools to clean it. As for vacuuming, luxury wool carpet sheds. A canister vacuum with low abrasion is best. It must be vacuumed from side to side instead of end to end so the fringe isn’t caught. A yearly vacuuming of the back will remove embedded dirt, and it needs washing if any dust blows up.

Other caveats about luxury wool carpet are that it fades in the sun and needs airflow to prevent mould and mildew. You can reduce this risk by limiting sun exposure and installing a moisture barrier on top of the carpet padding. Take care of it like the special carpet it is and it will prove to be well worth the cost.

It dehumidifies

Luxury wool carpet’s ability to absorb water isn’t necessarily always a bad thing and in fact can benefit people with respiratory issues. It removes excess moisture from the air. Even when the air is dry, it will release any moisture it had previously trapped into the air, making a humidifier unnecessary. Exceptions are rooms where there is standing water, which it’s not suited for, or humid climates.

It’s fire resistant

Unlike synthetic fibres, wool will not burn or melt when exposed to flame. Instead, it will char. It’s also not very difficult to remove scorch marks.

It’s warm

Because its plushy feel, luxury wool carpet prevents heat and cold from entering your home. It’s a great insulator and so can reduce your air conditioning and heating bills. You’ll sleep like a baby in your bedroom and spend more time in your living room with luxury wool carpet.

It’s hypoallergenic

The non-toxic and organic properties of luxury wool carpet make it appealing for anyone. Synthetic fibre carpets can off-gas, while some timber flooring can cause allergic reactions or irritate one’s respiratory system. Make sure yours is manufactured without any dyes or chemicals so that it stays hypoallergenic.

In the world of flooring, luxury wool carpets are a premium option. They are naturally soil resistant, fire resistant, resilient, hypoallergenic and sustainable. Their beauty and environmental properties are great for people who want the benefits of natural fibre carpets. Take care of luxury wool carpets properly, and they can potentially last a lifetime.

If you’re interested in finding out more about luxury wool carpets and our own selection, contact us.

4 Reasons to Choose Wool Carpet Over Synthetic

Carpet is one of those traditional flooring options many homeowners swear by, and the floor covering scores big points in both comfort and style. However, many people still find it hard to choose between a synthetic carpet and a wool alternative. So let’s take a look at this in a bit more detail. Here are 5 reasons to choose wool carpet over its synthetic counterpart.

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Hypoallergenic

The wonderful thing about wool carpet is that it’s healthier for you, absorbing moisture to prevent the growth of mould and bacteria in your home. It’s also hypoallergenic; the unique absorbent aspect of wool acts as a filter to trap dust, mites and other allergens.

Many people believe that any skin reaction to wool means they are allergic to the wool itself, but it’s actually about being sensitive to some other substance within the wool. Checking what’s in potential wool carpet choices will prevent this from happening. Lanolin, dust mites, or certain dyes are all possible triggers, and these will not be present in all wool carpets.

Non-Toxic

Wool carpet is non-toxic. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the specific carpet stays that way during the manufacturing process. If you choose wool carpet, make sure the backing is also natural and the carpet hasn’t been treated with harsh chemicals.

Long-lasting beauty

Wool looks good for longer — there’s a retention of aesthetic appearance in wool carpet that synthetic just can’t match.

Wool carpet is made from sheep’s wool that is spun into yarn during the manufacturing process. The yarn is formed into loop or cut (straight) piles and attached to a backing of jute or another vegetable fibre. This results in a carpet that has a plush, soft texture, yet resists crushing and compacting.

With the right cleaning, wool carpet bounces back brilliantly regardless of whether it’s dry or wet. In most cases, its colour does not fade, although sun exposure may cause the wool to lose colour — something which is true for any flooring type. Wear is also more even over time. While the wool can stain if spills are left to absorb or are not cleaned properly, the material resists soiling better than other types.

Sustainability

Today’s homeowners prefer natural material for their flooring options, as more people have become aware of its benefits. Natural materials such as wool carpet are renewable, meaning homeowners don’t have to worry about it becoming scarce in the future. It takes only 1 year to decompose if properly disposed of, plus, it’s recyclable.

Although they’re all recyclable, they cannot be recycled indefinitely. Because they are often mechanically rather than chemically recycled, they are not returned to a virgin state and so degrade over time. This means they require blending with other synthetic materials for reinforcement.

Wool carpet is a popular natural alternative to synthetic. The luxurious flooring option is fire-safe, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, long-lasting and sustainable. Synthetic carpet is a cheap flooring option that can imitate certain surface qualities, but wool has several benefits that it just can’t compete with.

Contact us today to learn more about our wool carpet options.

How to Keep Your Carpet Looking Brand New

It is important to carry out regular carpet maintenance to ensure a clean living environment. It also reduces the build-up of dust and particles which can cause health problems to people living in your home, particularly if they suffer from allergies.

For regular cleaning, here are some useful vacuuming tips:

  • Clear the area – remove any items from the floor such as toys or small items rather than vacuuming around them. This ensures the whole carpet area is cleaned. Also, check for small objects that could damage the device such as coins or hairpins. Dust the interior first so than any loose particles can be vacuumed up afterwards.
  • Vacuum in both directions – as carpet fibres are often coiled, vacuuming horizontally and vertically means that all parts of the fibre can be cleaned.
  • Use different attachments – for the edges of carpet, use a thinner nozzle to make sure no dust is left clinging to the carpet border. Use other attachments for those hard to reach areas and nooks and crannies unreachable with the main attachment.
  • Vacuum regularly – this will depend on your household. Some carpets may need vacuuming more than others (for example if you have pets that shed hair, you may have to vacuum 3-4 times a week).

For more information on carpets, visit our Floormania website. You can also read our related blog posts ‘What Are The Benefits of Carpet’ and ‘Natural vs. Synthetic’.  

Natural vs. Synthetic: Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Home

In a previous blog post, we looked at the benefits of having carpet in your home, which included soft texture underfoot, extra warmth during cold months and even health benefits. The next thing to consider when it comes to carpets is the material. To make the decision a little easier, we have listed the pros and cons of natural and synthetic carpets so you can choose the right material to suit your space.

 

Natural Pros

Natural carpets are made from wool which is a renewable resource and therefore environmentally friendly. They are luxuriously soft to walk on and maintain durability for years, showing little sign of wear or discolouring. This makes them ideal for high-traffic areas as the fibres easily spring back to their original shape, increasing the lifespan. Wool also repels dirt more than synthetic carpets which may be a benefit for families with children or pets. If you suffer from allergies, wool is an excellent carpet choice as it improves the indoor air quality by absorbing toxins.

 

Natural Cons

The main disadvantage of wool carpets is the price. You tend to find them on the higher end of the price scale compared to synthetic as they have stronger fibres and are a high-quality carpet. Another downside of wool is that it can be sensitive to alkaline chemicals found in some detergents. This can damage or discolour the fibres.

 

Synthetic Pros

The most common material for synthetic carpets is nylon which is a strong, resilient material that can withstand high-traffic areas. They are easy to clean and maintain and have non-allergenic properties. Because they are artificial, nylon carpets are resistant to stains which is an advantage if your floors are prone to spillages.

Polyester is another synthetic material and although it isn’t as strong as nylon, it does share similarities such as being stain-resistance, non-allergenic and it cleans easily. Our Harold James designer range is a premium-quality polyester option that is also 100% eco-friendly.

 

Synthetic Cons

Nylon carpets can be susceptible to static although they can be treated to prevent this. Although they are stain-resistant, this does not apply to oil-based stains which can discolour the carpet if not treated immediately.

Polyester carpets may incur crimp loss or show signs of pilling and matting in high footfall areas. Like nylon, they also react badly to oil-based stains.

 

For more help with choosing the right carpet for your space, contact our highly trained representatives at Floormania or visit us in Caringbah, Kensington or Concord.

What are the Benefits of Carpet?

With our new range of carpets recently introduced here at Floormania, we thought now would be a great time to tell you all about the advantages of having a carpet in your home. With an abundance of colours and styles to suit any room and budget, you can find the right carpet to match your lifestyle needs. Here are 8 reasons why carpet is a great flooring choice for homes:

 

1. The cushioning effect

One of the most noticeable differences between carpet and hard floors is the texture – carpets are a lot softer on the feet compared to hard floors such as wood or laminate. This gives an added comfort when walking, standing and of course, curling up after a long day (something you may find difficult on a hard floor)!

 

2. Health benefits

Carpets trap particles and dust which improves the air quality and circulation within the home. For this reason, they can help ease health problems such as asthma and allergies.

 

3. Safety bonus

To help prevent slips and falls, carpets are considered a safer option than hard floors where slips are more likely to happen. This is particularly beneficial for families with young children or elderly residents with mobility problems.

 

4. Save on heating

Compared to hard floors, carpets have significant insulating qualities, providing extra warmth during cold seasons. This can keep the heating bills low, as carpets are able to preserve warm air for longer.

 

5. Enjoy the peace and quiet

As well as insulating a room, carpets are also excellent noise absorbers. Where hard floors often echo the sound of footsteps, carpets do the opposite by muffling noises, creating a nice, quiet environment.

 

6. A cost-effective option

Many carpet ranges are budget friendly with long life expectancies if well looked after. In comparison to hard floors which often require preparation prior to installation, carpets can be easily installed over many different sub-floors, keeping the costs low.

 

7. Stylish and appealing

With so many styles, patterns and colours to choose from, plain rooms can be transformed into statement spaces with the right carpet. Choose dark colours to bring warmth to a room, light shades to make a space feel bigger and opt for a textured carpet to add dimension to a minimalistic room.

 

Our Floormania carpet experts are on hand to help you with the next step in the process. Contact us here for advice on finding the perfect carpet for your home.