When choosing carpets for a hospitality project, the choice of material plays an important role. Here you will find information on the benefits of wool carpets
The benefits of wool carpets
Natural beauty and comfort
Because quality is the very heart of what we do, we select materials of the finest quality.
Wool is still recognised as the best fibre for use in carpets and in a blend with nylon its wear properties improves. An 80/20 blend of wool/nylon is generally recognised as the most suitable and durable make up of a carpet for use in heavy traffic areas, for instance in hotels, on cruise liners, ferries, in restaurants, theatres, cinemas and casinos.
We use a wool blend consisting of the finest grades of British and New Zealand wool. This combination provides the best results, both in terms of expression and strength:
With New Zealand wools purity and whiteness, we can achieve lighter, more delicate shades and high clarity of colour. British wool is naturally tough because it has developed over thousands of years to protect Sheep from the harshest of conditions, making the wool suitable for carpet manufacturing.
A unique spiral crimp built into the wool fibre means a wool carpet will retain its look for longer because it has natural bounce-back abilities. The good capability to recover also makes walkways seem less worn and furniture marks less visible.
A wool carpet remains good looking and provides immense softness and comfort underfoot. Wool carpets provide a sense of welcome and calm – warm, comforting, soft and luxurious.
Wool is the safest carpet fibre because it is the most difficult to ignite and it is flame retardant up to 600 ºC. It burns slowly and is easy to extinguish. Burns from cigarettes and sparks from a fire will cause minimal damage to a wool carpet because it will smoulder and self-extinguish.
In a major fire, wool carpets contribute much less in terms of smoke and toxic gas formations than most other materials.
All Dansk Wilton carpet solutions holds certificates to meet standards required by our customers both on and off shore.
Easy to clean
The structure of wool fibre has a natural protective membrane and a natural content of the fat ‘lanolin’ that provides the ability to repel moisture and acts as a natural dirt and stain resister. The wool fibre consists of a series of overlapping scales (similar to the feathers on a bird), which means that dirt sits on the surface of the fibre, making it easy to remove.
Wool generates very little static electricity because of the qualities of its natural fibres. Static attracts lint, dirt, and dust, so its anti-static properties keep it much cleaner for longer.
Dry dirt is easily vacuumed off. A properly maintained carpet only needs to be vacuumed once or twice weekly and periodic deep cleaning by a professional. The overall maintenance cost of wool carpets is significantly lower than that of hard flooring. Please find extensive information on carpet care in our Maintenance Manual & Stain Removal Guide.
Dansk Wilton is committed to provide a quality wool carpet that minimises the impact on the environment. We set the highest standards for our product quality and for safeguarding the natural environment.
Wool is a natural material and a totally sustainable, renewable and biodegradable fibre. As yet, no one has been able to reproduce the properties of wool synthetically. Wool fibre takes only a fraction of the energy used to produce synthetic fibre. Disposed of, natural wool fibre takes only a few years to decompose.
Wool has a natural ability to regulate the humidity of an interior – it absorbs moisture (up to 2/3 of its weight) when the atmosphere is damp and releases it when the atmosphere is dry, creating a more comfortable environment. This without feeling damp or cold, whereas synthetic fibres can feel quite wet with only a fraction of the moisture content.
Wool carpets are allergy friendly and asthma safe. They naturally absorb and filter airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – unwanted toxins and odours that can cause irritation to humans. Unlike hard flooring and synthetic carpet, a wool carpet traps allergens in its pile, protecting you from breathing them in, and they can be vacuumed away using a good vacuum cleaner (preferably with a HEPA filter system). Tests showed that indoor air in a carpeted room contained less than half the amount of fine particulate dust than the smooth floors.
Healthy indoor climate
Dansk Wilton achieves the best possible VOC indoor rating. All Axminster and Colortec carpets from Dansk Wilton have been tested and awarded the “Indoor Air Comfort GOLD”-rating for their very low VOC emission levels. Some of the common sources of negative VOC’s in the indoor environments are adhesives, caulking compounds, chemicals and other substances used in the production of carpets.
Build-up of VOC’s in indoor environments have often been associated with “sick building syndrome” causing a bad indoor environment.
Read more about a healthy indoor climate and our “Indoor Air Comfort GOLD”-certification.
Reduction in energy costs
Wool carpets help to keep the room warm in winter and cool in summer because of its superb insulation properties and its ability to regulate humidity. The thicker the carpet, the better the level of insulation provided.
Carpets reduce noise in large areas and eliminate any scraping noises from furniture. They dramatically improve the acoustics of busy spaces, absorbing sound and softening the volume. Also in corridors, this acoustic performance of carpets is of great value to the guests. Carpets reduce noise not only on the specific floor level, but also on the floor below.
To evaluate the effect of the noise reducing properties by applying carpets on the floor construction, the airborne and impact sound insulation properties have been investigated in several studies. The measured Impact Sound Pressure levels for the constructions with carpets applied are all decreasing considerably.
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