4 Good Reasons to Choose Wool for Better Fire Safety

It’s likely that fire safety isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when choosing a new carpet. It’s more likely you’re thinking about looks, the way the carpet feels, how durable it is, or whether it will fit your budget. But have you ever stopped to consider how much of your home is covered with carpet?

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Wool is difficult to ignite - For wool to ignite, it needs more oxygen than is naturally available in the atmosphere, making it unlikely that it will catch fire. And as fire takes oxygen from the air in order to burn, there will be even less oxygen present in the event of a fire; the result? A wool-based carpet is even less likely to catch fire.  Another reason for the low likelihood of flammability for wool and wool/blend carpets is the fact that wool absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. This, along with the high nitrogen content of 14% helps reduce the chances of ignition.  The high ignition temperature of wool also adds to its low flammability credentials. You need temperatures of around 600°C to ignite wool – which are unlikely in the early stages of a house fire.

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Wool extinguishes quickly - Should you be unlucky enough for your wool carpets to catch fire, you can be reassured that they are unlikely to burn well. Because the heat energy from wool is relatively low, it’s less likely to cause other materials to catch fire. If wool does burn, then the surface layer chars and forms a barrier to the flames; this protects your home. The charred layer protects the flames getting to the fresh wool under the surface, as well as to the underlay and the highly flammable floorboards underneath. When heated, the structure of the wool fibre swells forming an insulating layer. This, combined with the fact that it doesn’t melt or drip means that wool and wool-blend carpets help prevent the spread of flames for better safety. 

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Wool carpets are a naturally safer solution - Smoke is recognised as a huge danger in the case of housefires – so any substance that gives off less smoke is preferable in the event of a fire. Although wool does smoke when burning, it’s at a much lower level than other textile fibres, making it a better choice in this respect.  It’s also worth considering the day-to-day benefits of a naturally fire-retardant carpet. Synthetic carpets may need applications of fire-resistance coatings to make them acceptably fire-retardant, and these treatments can affect the health of individuals regularly using these spaces. Wool does away with the need for these treatments, making it a safer and simpler solution from all angles. 

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Wool; a smart move for fire-safety - Fitting wool or wool-blend carpets to your home or property is a wise decision for fire-safety. With lower flammability ratings than natural or synthetic alternatives, you will have the reassurance of a warmer, better-looking, safer home. Put simply, wool doesn’t catch fire easily, and if it does catch fire, it tends to extinguish quickly. Which makes it an excellent choice for safety. What more could you ask for? 

Why Buy a Wool Carpet?

For a top quality carpet, it doesn't come better than wool. Wool is an incredible material. Natural, durable and soft, a wool carpet has so many benefits for the modern home.

At Penthouse Carpets we’re passionate about selecting the best quality wool from trusted British and New Zealand farmers. This wool is worked by UK spinners and then created into the carpets that make your home a more beautiful and comfortable place. And because wool dyes well, we offer you a range of rich colours to suit the style of your home.

The natural springiness of wool helps keep your wool carpets resilient over time and extends their good looks. To offer you the most durable carpets we blend wool with a small amount of manmade fibres. Your wool carpet will help prevent slips and provides a softer landing if anyone takes a tumble; perfect for homes with small children.

I have been in the flooring trade for 49 years and having fitted all Penthouse carpets in every conceivable type of installation, I can honestly say I have never been disappointed with the results.M, Wilson - Master Fitter

You Can’t Get Better Than Wool

You can’t get better than wool, and we think you can’t get better than a wool carpet from Penthouse Carpets. Trust our beautiful carpets to turn your house into a beautiful, comfortable and safe home.

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The rich soft feeling of walking on a quality wool carpet is unmatched. But this comfort doesn’t stop with the luxurious softness you’ll enjoy as you relax at home. Natural wool is renowned for heat insulation, keeping in heat and making your home more cosy. A wool carpet can also help insulate against excessive heat and keep rooms cooler in the summer. The unique characteristics of wool also help control humidity in the environment making your home a more comfortable place to live all year round.

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The density and resilience of a wool carpet works hard at providing excellent sound insulation – ideal for large households struggling to keep the noise down and for anyone living in a flat. Wool carpets are also naturally fire resistant, thanks to the high amount of protein in wool and the ability of wool to absorb moisture from the environment. 

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With proper care, it’s easy to keep your wool carpet looking good. The construction of the wool fibre means your wool carpet is naturally water repellent. Small spills and splashes will do little to affect your carpet if dabbed up quickly. The fibres in wool help repel dirt; keeping the soil particles on the top of the carpet pile so they can easily be vacuumed away. When it’s time for a deeper clean, you can be confident your wool carpet will respond beautifully to a professional clean.

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Coming from a sustainable source, wool carpets impact the environmental less than fully synthetic carpets. Their exceptional durability means they outlast many other natural floor coverings, reducing landfill impact. And buying a British–made carpet means fewer carbon emissions in getting your carpet from our factory to your home.