Wool vs synthetic carpet - which is better and what’s right for your new home?

Wool vs synthetic carpet - which is better and what’s right for your new home?

Choosing the right carpet for your new home can be challenging with so many different varieties available.

We’ve looked into the pros and cons of both wool and synthetic carpets to help you make the right decision for your home.

Wool carpet

Pros

  • Wool is extremely durable and easy to maintain because wool stores dirt high in the carpet pile so it can be easily removed with a vacuum.
  • Wool is an ecofriendly option because it’s renewable and only uses one third to one sixth of the energy that is required to manufacture synthetic carpet.
  • Wool is biodegradable and is a great insulator, which helps to reduce energy costs within your home.
  • Wool is hypo allergic, and helps to clean the air by absorbing dust and allergens, making it a great option for people with allergies. It also helps to reduce humidity by absorbing moisture from the air.
  • Wool is extremely fire resistant.

Cons

  • A major downfall when choosing Wool carpet is its price tag. The cost of wool is usually significantly higher than synthetic.
  • Wool is extremely absorbent making it very susceptible to staining. This is particularly important when considering wool for children’s rooms.
  • When choosing wool carpet, you run the risk of mould, however this will usually only occur in extremely high humid environments, such as bathrooms and basements.
  • Wool carpets can attract carpet moths, which thrive in humid environments like Queensland. They can cause balding patches to appear, which can lead to carpets needing to be replaced. They can be removed by vacuuming and the appropriate pest treatment.

Synthetic carpets

Pros

  • Synthetic carpets are very durable as they are resistant to abrasions, and easily return to their original shape when crushed for long periods of time.
  • Synthetic carpets have a low absorption, making it less likely to stain easily, or develop mildew and mould.
  • Solution dyed nylon carpets are extremely resistant to staining, making them a great option for children’s bedrooms. Solution dyed nylon is also particularly resistant to fading from sunlight due to the colour being locked into the fiber. Although greater in price, Nylon is a more durable and better choice when choosing synthetic carpet.

Cons

  • Polyester carpets tend to track and mark easily from furniture and foot traffic.
  • Because synthetic carpets have a low absorption, this makes them unable to regulate or clean indoor air quality. As a result, synthetic carpets can be found to feel cool in winter, and hot in summer, or even feel damp in humid environments like Queensland.