Here at Floor Coverings International of Scottsdale, AZ, we realize that there is a wide array of flooring options available to you. Maybe you finally decided that you want carpet rather than hardwood, but then what type of carpet? There’s natural, there’s synthetic, is carpet pile important? What’s sisal? Fear not! Floor Coverings International has the answers to all these questions, but one at a time. For this post we’ll give you a more in depth look at just one of these many flooring options. Here are the pros and cons of wool carpeting.

Pros of Wool Carpeting

  • Durability—Wool carpeting is naturally durable and resilient. Wool is tough enough to be used in commercial buildings and high traffic areas. The microscopic scales that help make up wool fibers repel soil and disperse light. If you take good care of your wool carpeting, it can last you for years.
  • Sustainability—Wool is one of the greenest and most eco-friendly carpeting options on the market. Wool is a renewable and sustainable resource, as well as being completely biodegradable and humanely manufactured. In fact, the wool manufacturing process uses 1/3-1/6 of the energy needed to produce synthetic carpet. Wool also happens to be an excellent insulator, so it will help cut down on energy costs in your home as well.
  • Hypoallergenic—Wool is naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s an excellent flooring material for people with allergies. Wool is naturally absorbent, so it sucks in all the dust and allergens from the air and conveniently stores them for when you next vacuum.
  • Natural Humidifier—Wool is a natural humidifier for the same reasons that it is hypoallergenic, it is absorbent. In this case wool carpeting will suck in the moisture from the air if there is a high humidity level, and exhale the moisture when the humidity drops, ensuring the house has excellent air quality.
  • Fire Resistant—Wool is a natural fire retardant because it is so water friendly. If you were to drop a lit cigarette on a wool carpet it would sizzle and leave a mark, but wouldn’t catch fire.
  • Easy Maintenance—Wool stores dirt and grit high in the carpet pile, so it is easy for your vacuum to reach it. In fact, the unique cellular structure of wool means that it releases dirt and soil up to 25% more readily than synthetic carpet!

Cons of Wool Carpeting

  • Cost—One of the biggest drawbacks to wool is the sticker shock. Wool can costs significantly more money than synthetic carpets, with prices ranging up to $30.00 per square foot in the very high end range.
  • Stains—Because wool is so absorbent, it also absorbs spills very easily. If you’re looking for dining room or kid’s room carpet, this might be something to consider.
  • Mold—Because of its humidifier properties, if wool carpeting is kept in a place that consistently has very high humidity it can be prone to mold and mildew. This means that wool might not be a good choice for places like basements or bathrooms where there is a lot of moisture.