Wools unique ability to absorb moisture when the air is damp and releases it when the atmosphere is dry can significantly improve air quality in your home.
It’s superb insulating properties, help keep you warm and cosy in winter, and cool and comfy in summer.
Water – Love/Hate Relationship
Wool is naturally water repellent.
This is because the surface of wool fibres have overlapping waxy scales that are hydrophobic (water resistant in other words) making them shower proof, this means that water droplets will bead and roll off the fibre surface delaying the absorption time.
Yay! Sheep in Wales are saved!
But saying that, wool is also highly absorbent.
Amazingly it can absorb up to 35% of its own weight in water before it even starts to feel wet.
It may seem confusing that wool is both water repellent and highly moisture absorbent.
How can that be?
Well, there are two different parts of the fibre that give wool these qualities.
Like I said wool fibre has a hydrophobic (water repelling) exterior but it has a hydrophilic (water-loving) interior.
So, even though it’s naturally water repellent, the inner core, however, will slowly absorb the water vapour. That means wool is both moisture repellent and moisture absorbent.
Wool – Water = Less Static Electricity = Less Dirt. Simple Maths!
Wool has a low surface energy due to its unique moisture retention properties. Wool carpets don’t conduct static electricity, meaning the degree of dry soil pick-up is significantly reduced. Less moisture loss means less static electricity means less dirt. Simple!
Furthermore, wools protective outer layer traps dirt in the upper area of the carpet pile and as moisture makes the fibres swell, dirt is easily realised, making cleaning a doddle.
Wools soil hiding capabilities are truly unique. It can significantly hide soil better than any other fibres.
The reason for this is that wool is an opaque fibre (as opposed to synthetics which are transparent) meaning wool doesn’t refract and reflect light like other carpet fibres.
The scales on the fibres diffuse light and emit a naturally soft appearance, which makes soil much less apparent to the human eye. Hooray!
Green Is Clean
Renewable natural resource, without harm to the planet, my favourite thing of all about wool.
It truly is a ‘Green’ fibre.
Grown every year by sheep throughout the countryside in the UK.
Environmentally, wool cannot be beaten. Ha!…in your face polypropylene!
If after reading the advantages of installing wool carpets then,
Wooow…hold your horses!
Stop and consider the cons.
Unlike manmade fibres, you may need to consider the organic problems of wool.