What’s Great About Wool
Comfortable and restful sleep - Warm in winter, cool in summer
- Woolen bedding offers the advantage of balanced thermal insulation.
- The fiber's loft and natural crimp effectively hold millions of tiny air pockets for even distribution of warmth.
- Wool's unique vapor management system moves moisture away from the skin allowing you to stay cooler and drier.
- Synthetic fibers can only absorb 2-3 percent moisture before they begin to feel wet. Wool has the ability to absorb up to 30 percent of its own weight in moisture without feeling wet, and the ability to disperse the vapor into the surrounding air to provide a more comfortable environment.
- Wool products are more comfortable that acrylic products. The 'Hohenstein Report' found that people using acrylic blankets experienced undesirably higher body temperatures and irregular higher-rate heartbeats, resulting in less comfortable and less restful sleep, than those using wool products. The report therefore concluded that sleeping under wool appears to be more restful.
- Sleeping with wool results in a more consistent body temperature throughout the night, whatever the season. The fiber's ability to hold and trap air, to absorb then disperse water vapor into the air means that wool bedding is warm in winter and cool in summer.
- Enjoy a more comfortable, better night's sleep with wool bedding - this will contribute to a more relaxed, less stressed day.
Wool is Naturally Anti-Microbial and Anti-Allergenic
- The primary factor that creates allergies in bedding is house dust mites, as they contribute towards asthma and other respiratory conditions. Wool bedding naturally inhibits bacteria giving you fewer allergenic problems.
- Wool is naturally anti-microbial. Moisture vapor is absorbed into the wool fiber structure reducing moist conditions and discouraging the propagation of dust mites.
- Wool bedding also naturally regulates temperature and humidity at a point that is not especially favorable for the growth and breeding of dust mites.
- Synthetic fibers do not provide this regulated temperature. Synthetic fibers are manufactured from petroleum products. The oil base in synthetic fibers makes these products very inefficient at absorbing and desorbing water vapor. This is what makes these products prone to temperature fluctuations, which allow the growth and breeding of dust mites.
- Wool is naturally flame resistant
- Wool is natural fire retardant
- Wool is difficult to ignite
- Wool has low flame spread
- Wool has low heat release properties
- Wool does not melt or drip
- Wool has superior self-extinguishing properties
Caring for Wool - Cleaning Wool Products
- Wool needs to be cleaned less frequently than other fibers, as its unique fiber characteristics resists soiling. Wool has the ability to resist both wet and dry soiling, and stains are readily released during cleaning.
- Wool bedding can easily be dry cleaned, and where indicated, it may be machine washed and tumble dried.
- Any item of wool bedding will last longer and look better if it is given periodic airing and cleaning and the immediate removal of spots and stains is maintained.
- Stain removal should be prompt to avoid the stain penetrating the fiber and becoming fixed. Liquid stains may be removed by blotting with white paper towels or tissues; solid stains may be removed with a knife or spoon; burn or scorch marks may be removed by brushing with a firm brush.
- Although it is widely believed that wool blankets take longer to dry, and therefore consume more energy, evaluations by The Woolmark Company, under an International Textile Care Labeling Wash Program, showed that a marginally heavier wool blanket took five minutes less to dry than an acrylic blanket.
- You should follow the care instructions label, if followed accordingly; this will help maintain performance and service throughout a long lifetime.
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