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The Age Old Carpet Debate: Wool or Synthetic?

Wool or Synthetic Carpets?

For years consumers have battled with the choice between a natural wool carpet, or the technological wonder of synthetic products. It’s important to acknowledge that people will always have their own opinions about this topic. Some love the soft feel and colour hardiness of most synthetics, while some will always support the ‘homegrown’ idea of our 100% NZ wool carpets. Being comfortable with your choice of fiber is as important as choosing the right colours for your home!

That being said, in this post we’re going to delve into some of the main reasons why people love each of these fiber types, and how they can affect the balance of your home.

Synthetic Carpets

There are many reasons why people might prefer synthetic. The most common thing anyone can expect to think when feeling a sample of most synthetic carpets is “Wow! I didn’t think it would be this soft!” In fact, I still remember the first time I heard of ‘Solution Dyed Nylon’ carpet. All I could imagine was the feel of a nylon fishing line – how could that be a good carpet fiber?!
The truth is, the technology is completely different. You can liken it to the different between making a cotton ball and a t-shirt.

Speckled SDN with a twist.

Synthetic fibers have greater strength and can hold their shape for many years.

In fact, the technology used to create Solution Dyed Nylon (SDN) has allowed the product to be incredibly resistant to staining and fade. Generally speaking, most new home owners looking to ‘spruce up’ their homes don’t want to have to go through it again in 5 years time. Colour fade is a real issue for those with a North facing homes due to our harsh sun. However, the colour fast technology in SDNs rejects sun fade, keeping the same colour picked 15 years ago!

100% Wool Carpets

In today’s world it is increasingly important to consider the eco-friendly nature of the products we purchase. We love to buy things that are natural and guilt-free, especially biodegradable goods. However, these aren’t the only two prerequisites for an eco-friendly product. To be sustainable, the resources used in making a product need to renew themselves in a person’s lifetime.

Here;s where our range of 100% NZ wool carpets comes in! Check out the video below to see the journey from NZ sheep to NZ floors!

The incredible thing about 100% wool carpets, is (contrary to common misconception) they’re actually a great option for allergy sufferers! Wool is a permeable fiber, meaning they will filter and absorb toxins that may cause irritation! Check out this webpage by Terra Lana for some excellent information about the properties of wool and how it keeps your home healthy.

 

A Compromise?

I personally love the idea of a sustainable carpet with renewable resources used. I also LOVE how soft and stain resistant the Solution Dyed Nylons are. Wool or synthetic carpet – how could I choose between them? I know for a fact that my own priorities will be different to yours. I have an almost 2 year old who loves to jump around in mud, smoosh playdough into whatever she can, and just generally drop food. Everywhere. For me, the sensible choice is a SDN carpet where I can clean stains with a bit of warm water and a damp cloth – I could even use BLEACH to clean stains off it and keep the original colour! However, I also love the idea of having natural products on my floor…

Triexta carpet is hydrophobic, stain and fade resistant, super soft, and is made from natural products.

A perfect compromise for this situation may be the Triexta fiber carpet range. Triexta fiber is made from natural corn sugar and includes the same stain and fade resistance that SDNs tend to have! Furthermore, the Triexta fiber is hydrophobic – liquids slip right off and don’t absorb into the carpet. Triexta fiber is also incredibly soft to touch, just like the SDN carpets.

So how do we choose?

Everybody has their own personal preference for fiber type. You could even go into 3 different Flooring Design stores and have 3 different recommendations from the local owners. There is no right answer – only what your gut tells you. However, having all the information of the product is essential to making your choice. It seems easy enough to read a quick blog post and feel informed, but everybody’s situation calls for different fiber types in their carpet. Do you have pets? Do you entertain guests often?  How many children are in the home? What are the age of those children?

The best way to make a good decision is to use our professional consultants. They can ask you the right questions and make suggestions to you based on what they think your needs are.

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