Wool or polypropylene carpet? Pros and Cons of Natural vs. Artificial Types

Wool or polypropylene? This is the question we all ask ourselves when it comes to choosing the right rug for our home.

However, according to Cormar Carpets, the debate between wool and artificial carpets is no longer important. Why? Because both have a rightful place in the market, says the carpet manufacturer.

“When times are tough and wallets are tight, it can be tempting to go for the most cost-effective flooring option,” said David Cormack, director of marketing at Cormar Carpets. “However, consumers should be aware that if it’s not the right type of rug for the room, it may cost less but it may not last.

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“How a carpet looks and works depends on the fiber content. It has an impact on durability, resilience, appearance, retention, feel, practicality and price. It is also important where it is used in the home: speak to your dealer about where your carpet should go and how long it is likely to last. A good reputable retailer will discuss the options with you and clearly explain the advantages of one rug over another. ‘

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If you want to know the differences between wool and polypropylene carpets and the advantages of both, you have come to the right place.

Wool is a great natural fiber that offers excellent resistance to wear and tear and general pollution. It is most often used on its own in pure 100 percent form for loop pile carpets or in 80 percent mixtures with nylon and polypropylene in the cut pile to improve abrasion properties. For the hallway, stairs or landing, a hard-wearing practical rug such as a wool blend is ideal. These areas are heavily trafficked and polluted, so in the long run it pays to spend a little more on higher quality carpets.

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At the other end of the scale Polypropylene is a great “family-friendly” fiber, suggests the Comar team. It’s great for kids’ rooms or playrooms where sticky fingers and spills are common.

However, keep in mind that bedroom rugs are not used as often, so rugs with more luxurious properties can be used. Comar proposes a polypropylene fiber that is super soft and ultra-luxurious to the touch.

For the living room or dining room, look for either a wool blend or a heavier polypropylene.

Summarize the following pros and cons:

Advantages of wool carpets

  • Hard-wearing and long-lasting
  • Maintains its pile shape and height
  • Quickly recovers from furniture compression
  • Is of course flame retardant
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable fiber

    Advantages of polypropylene carpet

    • Very dirt-repellent
    • Easy to clean
    • Permanent
    • Good color fastness
    • Good value for money

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