The benefits of a wool carpet
From health benefits to long lasting endurance, wool is the perfect choice.
Buying a carpet can be a little overwhelming. There is so much choice – colours, textures and materials. The first question we’re often asked is ‘which one is best?’ Obviously the answer to that will vary depending on where the carpet will be used, but for most family home carpets, the answer is easy: If you are looking for carpeting that will bring elegance and sophistication to your space, yet is still easy to care for, you should consider a wool carpet.
Wool carpets have had a reputation for quality and durability for hundreds of years. A wool carpet brings so many benefits that it is hard to look past it when it comes to choosing flooring that gives that luxurious look yet can stand up to everyday life.
Wool rugs and carpets are warm and welcoming. Wool is sophisticated. Wool feels like home. Wool is quality – it looks it, and it feels it. Here are some of the many benefits of wool carpets…
Wool carpets are healthy
Wool is a natural ‘smart’ fibre that is hygienic and non allergenic, it has no harmful gasses and deters the growth of bacteria and dust mites and also has the ability to absorb humidity in the air to release back when the atmosphere becomes dry. It also has extra grip which helps prevents accidents. Wool is the perfect choice for asthma sufferers thanks to its natural filtering ability.
Wool is flame resistant
Sheep don’t tend to catch fire! Wool carpets are naturally flame resistant with a slow ignition rate and have the ability to self extinguish (rather than melt) if exposed to fire due to upper pile forming, a thick insulating layer that has the ability to inhibit fire.
Wool carpets are durable
Wool provides superb performance and is able to look great and ‘wear gracefully’ over many years. This is due to its natural strength and crimp, meaning that pile compression, tracking marks and shading are significantly reduced. It is therefore ideal to use in busy areas which have a lot of footfall.
Wool is easy to look after
Wool is a completely natural fibre, which means it contains natural oils. These oils are resistant to soiling so all you will need to keep your carpet looking good is regular vacuuming. Whilst wool will repel some spills, some quick thinking and an absorbent cloth are recommended, as the first part of a solution to those inevitable household spills.
Wool carpets also have colour fastness that is superior to synthetic carpets, due to wool’s natural ability to take in dyes. Colour will last for longer and won’t deteriorate like the temporary additives that are used on synthetic fibers.
Wool is Environmentally Friendly
Wool is a renewable fibre; it protects sheep during colder months and can then be shorn and used for other products, such as carpeting. Wool carpets are also biodegradable and recyclable: so after many years serving you and your family, your carpet can be turned into other products, rather than contributing to landfill. What’s more, the energy that goes into producing wool is much lower than other synthetic carpet materials, keeping the carbon footprint very low.
Wool will insulate your home
The wool is energy efficient as it will act as an insulator keeping your house warm. Wool will also absorb sound and will cushion the home against echoes and noise from the family.
Wool is luxurious
There’s nothing more luxurious than the comfort and warmth of a wool carpet. It is soft under foot, yet extremely durable. Due to its beautiful protective layer it can easily shrug off dirt and resist stains, and will trap dirt and dust in its layers until it is vacuumed up. When it comes to wool, you get a carpet that doesn’t only feel soft and luxurious under foot, but will also look beautiful for many years to come.
Without doubt, there remains a strong consumer perception of the link between quality, luxury and the feel and appearance of wool carpet whether 100% wool or wool rich. Wool’s soft and natural feel to the hand and beauty underfoot cannot be achieved with any synthetic fibre. Wool’s natural luster and gentle light reflection characteristics give a home or office an elegant and peaceful setting.
And actually, Wool costs less!
Although wool carpets have a slightly higher initial cost than synthetic, this is massively offset by their longevity and ease of maintenance. Wool carpets actually cost less!
The best way to understand the benefits of wool carpet is to experience it. We have wide variety of wool carpets on display at the showroom – plain colours and statement patterns. We stock the full range of Greendale Carpets as well as other top quality ranges, including the eye-catching designs of Alternative Flooring (some of which are pictured here!).
A Carpet made of Paper?
Well, such a carpet does exist – but what happens when it gets wet?!
It’s April 1 and we know carpets and floorcoverings aren’t the most scintillating subject so forgive our small subterfuge to get you here but now you are, do take a look at our fabulous new vinyl floorings – brilliantly practical as well as smart and attractive too.
And, we’re open this morning between 10 and 1 – so do pop in and have a proper look at our new range of vinyls, and also our practical bleach cleanable carpets!
We’re opposite Screwfix on Ampress or give us a ring on 01590 675955 – we’ll be ready for your return April Fool!!
PS Here’s the paper carpet article if you’re interested!
A new vinyl floor for spring
Come and see our new selection of vinyl floorings at John Cooper Carpets
The latest range of Beau Flor vinyl flooring is available at John Cooper Carpets
Hard wearing and practical, the new season’s high quality vinyl floorings now in stock at John Cooper Carpets also come in a great range of styles including wood effect and modern.
With patterns and colours ranging from subtle to exuberant, there’s a vinyl floor to suit many more rooms than you may previously have considered.
Vinyl flooring has come of age and it’s a far cry from the vinyls of even a decade ago when they were rather out of fashion. The vinyls of today are very much “in”- and for good reason.
The many benefits of vinyl floorings
Warm and comfortable underfoot, easy to clean, no maintenance, and above all good looking too, they’re suitable for every room in the house.
They’re also fantastic value.
So at John Cooper Carpets and Floorings we’ve taken a big decision. We have discontinued our previous selection of wooden floors in our showroom at Ampress Park, and have instead increased our range and stock of vinyl flooring.
Having for a long time maintained a small selection of wooden floors, we have replaced them with a fabulous new range of quality, practical hard wearing and attractive vinyl floor options.
This decision was not taken lightly. But it was made for what we believe is a good reason and that’s quality.
John Cooper Carpets can advise you on the best floor coverings, including Beau Flor
Put simply, the vast majority of wooden floors available today at prices which people want to pay, are not in our opinion of sufficiently high quality for us to believe we should be selling them.
Whereas the new ranges of quality vinyl floorings are absolutely brilliant value for money.
So if you visit us this spring you’ll find on display a vastly expanded range of lovely vinyl floorings all of which despite being of the highest quality, are also priced to match most households’ expectations.
If you haven’t previously visited us and experienced our legendary friendly expertise, make this spring the time to do it!
Opposite Screwfix on Ampress Park
The easiest way to direct you to our Ampress Park showroom is to say follow the signs to Screwfix and we’re just opposite, with free parking right outside the door.
Along with our comprehensive range of carpets (including the latest exclusive arrivals from Greendale), our vinyls are also displayed at a comfortable height for inspection – no heavy lifting from the floor is needed.
Have a coffee and fire questions at us!
We’d love to offer you a tea or coffee while you’re looking around – and if there are other carpet and flooring matters you’d like to discuss at the same time please take advantage of our knowledge and love of sharing it!
Contact us for more information
Buying a new carpet or floor covering should be a rewarding experience. Whether it’s for a new house, or refurbishment of your present home it will be a focal point, bringing colour and texture to your scheme. Carpets and flooring provide warmth and insulation as well as good looks. Unlike anything else in your home, however, you walk on it – so it has to be durable and fit for purpose.
When designing your interior you can explore many flooring possibilities: plain or patterned, traditional or contemporary, vibrant colours or restful pastels. At John Cooper Carpets we have a huge range of styles on offer and, combined with over 45 years in the business, can offer you valuable guidance and practical advice.
Here are our top 10 tips when buying a new carpet:
1) Visit your local independent retailer
You will find prices equal to or better than the multiple retailers – and a far greater levels of service. Carpet is now a highly technical product, advances in fibre technology and construction mean that it is more important than ever to get an expert’s advice.
Being a member of The Greendale Buying Group ensures that John Cooper Carpets can source UK and overseas ranges at extremely competitive prices, providing you with exceptional quality and value.
2) Make sure your floor covering is suitable for its intended location
Some carpets are not suitable for the stairs, for example, where there is a lot of wear, others are best suited to bedrooms or lounges. Bathrooms and kitchens need careful consideration because of the water and ease of cleaning. The wrong choice can lead to an expensive mistake!
3) Check what your carpet is made of
Wool, polyester, nylon, coir, even plastic bottles! Carpets are very technical products these days and all these different fibres perform in different ways which will affect wearability, appearance and cleanability.
4) Make sure you get a quote for the whole job to avoid surprises
The lowest ticket price may not be the lowest total price or guarantee the best job. Makes sure your price includes fitting underlay and door bars, together with furniture moving, carpet disposal and other services. Compare like with like.
5) Get your room professionally measured
Measurement and planning correctly to ensure maximum coverage for minimum waste. Most rooms are not square and knowing the size of your room accurately will also help us plan where a join may need to be – or even do away with one altogether.
6) Ask for a sample
How a carpet looks in a shop may be different to how it looks in your home with your own lighting conditions.
7) Get it fitted by an expert
Carpet is an expensive purchase and if its not fitted correctly you’ll not get the pleasure from it you deserve. We employ fitters who are highly trained and have many years of experience in different shapes and sizes of rooms.
8) Buy a new underlay
It will feel fantastic underfoot but more importantly will keep your new carpet looking better for longer and prolong its life by up to 40%! Underlay can also give the benefit of sound and heat insulation, comfort and appearance.
9) Buy the best you can afford
As with anything else in life you get what you pay for and floor coverings are certainly no exception. The right budget allocated to your carpet purchase will undoubtedly pay dividends!
10) Show your friends!
Your new carpet will make your room look better than ever, so be proud and show it off!
The time to purchase a new carpet is now!
Right now, prices are going up due to the currency situation and they will go up steeply once everybody has exhausted currency reserves and has to buy materials at the going rate. In fact, prices of carpets elsewhere have already gone up.
At John Cooper Carpets, across all our Greendale ranges, we are not increasing our prices until at least the middle of February.
So come and take a look at our comprehensive range and we’ll give you a quote! We’d also be delighted to visit you at home where we can measure up straight away – get in touch and we’ll organise a visit.