Why Wool? The Benefits of Wool
Beyond being soft to the touch and readily available there are a number of additional benefits of wool that make it an excellent choice for your blankets, bedding and general home textiles.
Below we’ve gathered 5 of London Blankets favourite features and benefits of wool:
- Wool has excellent thermal properties
- Wool is hypoallergenic
- Wool is durable and strong
- Wool is fire retardant
- Wool is a renewable material
1. Wool has excellent thermal properties
“It’s estimated that wool absorbs up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp or clammy, keeping water away from your body keeping you warm without making you feel wet”
Woolen textiles and material can help to regulate body temperature. Wool has the ability to absorb and desorb moisture when you are hot to help cool you down, whilst also trapping heat in the fibres reducing heat loss when cold.
This means that if you use woollen bedding or blankets you may get increased comfort that can lead to improved quality of sleep, and who would say no to better sleep?
2. Wool is Hypoallergenic
“About 1 in 3 of the population or 21 million have a disease where allergy may be involved. Up to 7 million have allergies severe enough to require specialist allergy care (National Allergy Strategy Group, Dec 2015)”
Blankets made from wool are unlikely to cause allergic reactions or sensitivities, this is because wools ability to absorb and desorb moisture creates a dry environment within the wool fibre. This inhibits the growth and development of dust mites, mould and bacteria meaning that allergy sufferers can use wool blankets with minimised risk of allergic reactions.
This makes wool a fantastic choice of material for people with allergies and asthma.
3. Wool is Durable and Strong
Probably one of the lesser known benefits of wool is that wool fibres can be bent 20,000 times on on average before breakage occurs, compared to just 3,000 for cotton fibres and 2,000 for silk.
This increased durability, flexibility and elasticity means that your wool bedding and blankets are more likely to retain their shape over time and less likely to tear or rip. Giving you better value for money than many alternative synthetic materials.
4. Wool is Fire Retardant
Wool is naturally fire retardant, making it popular for use in clothing and soft furnishings. When a flame is removed the wool will stop burning, this feature of the material is commonly known as self-extinguishing.
The fewer combustible products you have the better, it’s just one simple way that you can lower the risk of a fire spreading quickly through your home.
5. Wool is a Renewable Material
Wool is a renewable material taken from Sheep throughout their life without any harm being caused to the animal. Sheep shearing happens in the spring to prepare them for summer temperatures. They are left with around 1″ of wool to protect their delicate skin from the sun.