Wool carpets have been around since the beginning of the carpet industry. Here at Los Angeles Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, we are proud to provide you one of the finest wool carpet cleaning services around. If you have any questions about wool carpet don’t hesitate to contact us: 818-358-9231
About Wool Carpets
Wool fibers in carpet provide texture and resilience that enable it to recover well from crushing and to resist soiling. Its unique fiber construction provides natural flame-resistance and high durability, resulting in a product that retains its appearance for years.
Wool is a complex fiber that has evolved over thousands of years with the sheep who produce it, to protect them over a wide range of climatic conditions. Wool cells come in two different types: the para cortex and the orthocortex, which lie on opposite sides of the fiber and grow at slightly different rates. This causes a three-dimensional corkscrew pattern of coiled springs much like shock absorbers, giving wool high elasticity and a “memory” that allows the fibers to recover and resume normal dimensions. Wool fibers can be stretched up to 30 percent without rupturing and still bounce back.
Wool is also soil-resistant – releasing soil up to 25 percent more readily than synthetic fibers. The cuticle, or outer layer of the wool fiber, has a finely waxed surface with overlapping scales to keep soil in the upper area of the t, where it is easily removed. The protective membrane on the cuticle also prevents water from readily penetrating the individual wool fibers. This same waterproof membrane allows the fiber to absorb moisture in vapor form.
Water vapors coming through the cuticle pores bond with amino acids in the cortex – the main bulk of the fiber. This lets wool absorb up to one-third of its weight in moisture without feeling damp, making it resistant to static electricity. This moisture-absorption property also helps wool recover from pressure marks. Wool’s high moisture content and protein constituents provide natural flame resistance.
Proper cleaning is important to maintain a wool carpet’s original appearance. A planned maintenance program should take into account the likely level of soiling and cleaning costs. Facts to be considered include: traffic patterns; type of soiling, such as street grime near entrances or food and drink in refreshment areas; cleaning schedules; and personnel, equipment and resources available. For deep cleaning, evaluate the nature and extent of soiling before deciding on the cleaning method.
- Wool is a non-allergenic fiber which does not promote the growth of bacteria or dust mites, or give off harmful emissions.
- Wool assists in stabilizing the relative humidity by absorbing or releasing moisture during periods of high or low atmospheric humidity.
- Wool is resistant to compression due to the physical nature of the fiber’s “natural crimp”. Wool has millions of coiled molecules, rather than artificially induced sinoidal waves which exist in man made fibers.
- Wool is an excellent insulator of temperature and sound.
- Wool ages gracefully and does not “ugly out” like man made fibers.
- Wool is naturally soil resistant.
- Wool is naturally flame retardant and is specified for those installations with the most stringent flammability regulations.
- Wool is a natural, renewable resource, produced using environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and safe methods.
- Wool is recyclable and biodegradable.
- Wool has superior long term appearance retention due to the fibers natural resilience.
- Wool has non-slip and non-abrasive characteristics, making it a safe walking platform.
- Wool has excellent dying characteristics.
- Wool is more cost effective in the long term.
Why choose wool? Nature did!