The Advantage of Wool Carpet
For many homeowners, the best flooring option for cozy, inviting bedrooms is a soft, rich carpet to cushion every step. However, those who are prone to allergies may still have reservations that there is such a thing as “hypoallergenic” carpet. While some carpet types may present more of a challenge to keep clean and free of allergens, the latest research on the benefits of wool carpet for people with allergies is incredibly positive! Attractive and durable, wool carpet and wool area rugs present multiple advantages that families can benefit from.
Carpet has historically been linked to allergies and chemical hypersensitivity since new carpet off-gases VOCs, other allergens can become trapped in the pile, and poor vacuum models can exhaust allergens into the air. However, wool carpet fibers are naturally long, thick, non-irritating, and hypoallergenic. The inherent antimicrobial properties of wool carpet fiber help inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and dust mites. If no one in the home has a specific wool allergy, wool carpet will not affect the respiratory system of anyone who lives inside! Stylistically, beautiful woven wool area rugs such as the Stanton Karaman Collection Dilan rug in Sandstone (below) are effortless additions in any room:
As a unique natural carpet fiber that comes from shearing animals, wool carpet also represents a sustainable carpet option. Hypoallergenic wool carpeting can act as an air filter, trapping allergens and air pollutants, and allowing you to improve the air quality of your home. The inside of wool fiber is hygroscopic and can naturally hold up water molecules. Whereas polyester and other synthetic fibers such as nylon and polyurethane will release VOCs that trigger allergies, wool actually absorbs dust mites, bacteria, and even VOCs. Synthetic fibers can absorb dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and other allergens, only to later emit them back in the air if they are not removed in a timely manner.
The exterior of wool carpet fiber is hydrophobic, meaning it will repel moisture and feel dry. Thus, proper vacuuming will allow you to remove more allergens from the home! Invest in the appropriate high-quality CRI-approved vacuum cleaner that matches your wool carpet, that also features both a powerful motor and HEPA filtration. Effective vacuuming once a week with the right model will make all the difference in the removal of dust, debris, and soil, especially in a home with pets. When you vacuum your wool carpet, make sure to keep the allergens contained until the bin is emptied or the vacuum bag is removed.
If you have never considered the soft touch of wool rugs in your home before, now is the perfect time to bring home this attractive, natural option for your loved ones to enjoy. Reach out to our America's Floor Source experts, and together we can explore wool carpet and rug options that will help protect your home from allergie and other irritants!