Just about everyone knows wool rugs are better than just about any other rug fiber. But do you know why?
First of all, let’s briefly look at this from a manufacturing point of view to see why manufacturers prefer wool. Wool is very absorbent and allows for excellent dye penetration with good uniformity and deep color penetration into the medulla (hollow core of wool fiber) without the use of chemicals. Since wool dyes well it offers many opportunities to the manufacturer for a variety of colors.
From the consumers point of view because of the absorbency characteristic and moisture wool naturally has, wool is self-extinguishing. Wool is hard to burn! Unlike most fibers that easily ignite, wool doesn’t burn well, instead wool chars and stops burning when the source of fire is removed. For this exact reason, wool is used for airplane carpet where a safer fiber is desired. Additionally wool is a good insulator and is a warmer fiber than other options.
But perhaps the best reason wool is such an outstanding choice for rugs is its natural ability to be resilient. Wool’s natural coil spring has the capability of stretching as much as 50% and bounces back to its original shape when released. Wool also has the natural ability to be bent back on itself 20,000 times whereas cotton is 3000 times and silk only 2000 times. What does this mean to you? A properly cared for rug (good vacuuming habits and routine professional cleaning) will outperform all other fibers. You’ll appreciate that wool stays nice looking much longer than alternative fibers which “ugly out” much sooner with flattened out traffic patterns.
Here at Arizona Oriental we specialize in the proper care and cleaning of all rugs (especially wool Oriental rugs). I can tell you from experience it is wool rugs that respond well to cleaning, ensuring clients will continue to enjoy the investment of their fine wool area rug.
I’m Ruthie, helping you get the most enjoyment from your rugs. Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!
Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.
Call us for additional information and quotes at 928-445-1718, visit our website at www.ArizonaOriental.com, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available).