Wool is a natural carpet fiber known for its high quality. Despite the hefty price and upkeep requirements, people consider it as an investment that will increase the value of their homes. Learning more about its characteristics will help you prolong its lifespan. Take note of the following:

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Durability

Wool carpet is often considered the premier carpet. Its natural fibers make it extremely strong and durable, so wool carpets typically keep their appearance longer than synthetics. Wool carpets need to be protected from direct sunlight; ultraviolet rays can cause gradual fiber degradation. Source: HomeGuides.SFGate

Flame Resistance

Wool’s flame resistance is worthy of note because it differs significantly from synthetic fibers in this regard. Wool will not burn; rather it will char (blacken). For example, a lit cigarette dropped on the carpet will likely leave a noticeable mark, but will not cause the carpet to go up in flames.

I typically discourage the installation of carpet right in front of a wood-burning fireplace or stove, due to the sparks that may jump out and land on the floor.

However, if you do choose to have carpet installed around the hearth, wool carpet is likely your best option due to its flame resistance. Source: TheSpruce

High Maintenance

Wool has low resistance to abrasion, so it can wear down in high-traffic areas. After long use, wool carpet can develop bald spots. It’s also subject to damage by moths — though most wool carpets are now moth-proofed before you buy them. Wool holds 10 times its weight in moisture, making it susceptible to mildew and mold. It can develop an odor and shrink if it gets wet. Source: Home.HowStuffWorks

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