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Renovating your floor is a big decision and there are a plethora of options to choose from. Carpets are a popular choice, though there are different materials to consider as well. Natural carpet flooring has the potential to make your home feel warm and welcoming. But what constitutes as natural carpet and how will it impact your property? We’ve put together a guide to help you figure out if it’s the kind of flooring that you want.
What kinds of carpet fibres are out there?
Carpet fibres are split into two categories: synthetic fibres and natural. Each type is made of textile floor coverings, but only around 10% are made of natural materials. Natural carpets are made of things like wool, goat hair, seagrass and cotton.
The other 90% of textile floors are made of synthetic fibres, like polyester and polyamide. Synthetic fibre is used in hotels and offices because it has the required technical properties. Synthetic carpet is usually treated with chemicals to make it resistant to moths and fire.
What are the advantages of natural carpet flooring?
Natural fibre carpets are good for regulating indoor temperatures. Research has shown that wool carpets can absorb and neutralise pollutants like formaldehyde. Wool also has natural protection against staining because of the lanolin contained in the yarn.
Another advantage of natural carpets is that they offer a high degree of comfort. Walking on them provides plenty of warmth. In addition, natural fibre carpets aren’t made of fossil fuels.
Are there any disadvantages?
It all depends on the kind of fibre that’s being used. The properties of each material has its own pros and cons. Some people claim that natural carpets are harder to clean than synthetic ones. In general, natural carpets are considered to be very durable, with wool being a prime example.At Wilmac Flooring, we offer a range of carpet-based services. For more information on how we can help you contact us today on 01244 682100.