Why We Use Wool In Mattresses
Wool is the fibre obtained from sheep and is completely natural. Every year sheep will produce a new fleece, making wool a renewable fibre source. When a natural wool fibre is disposed of in soil, it takes a very short time to break down, whereas most synthetics are extremely slow to degrade.
Wool is different to other fibres because of its chemical structure. This chemical structure influences its texture, elasticity, staple and crimp formation, and when tightly packed together, form millions of tiny pockets of air. This unique structure allows it to absorb and release moisture.
Wool keeps you warm when you’re cold in the winter months and cool when you’re hot in the summer months. It possesses a huge amount of positive attributes that gives it it’s title as one of natures performance materials, it’s breathable, fire-retardant, moisture-controlling, hypoallergenic, biodegradable. To add to that, these benefits come at almost no expense to the environment and increasing the livelihood of farmers adds a feel good factor too.
Nature has created another minor miracle, wool is a super performance material and is the perfect partner for horsehair and cotton. The structure of wool fibre allows for a large volume of air between the strands, giving incredible natural insulation properties along with flexibility, elasticity and resilience.
Wool helps to guarantee a good bed climate and works like your bed’s own microclimate control system. As one of the most cooling natural fibres, wool is an excellent option for anyone who wakes up from overheating.
The average person releases up to a litre of sweat into their mattress each night. Wool fibres readily absorb moisture, but are not hollow. Wool can absorb almost one-third of its own weight in water without feeling wet. Tiny pores allow water to pass through the wool fibre wicking it away from the body at night and then releasing it through the beds complex natural venting system during the day.
Glencraft mattresses contain wool to provide supreme comfort while bringing naturally fire-retardant properties to our beds. Wool is actually one of the most flame-resistant fibres in existence and ignites at a higher temperature than synthetic fibres. It has a lower rate of flame spread and forms a char which is insulating and self-extinguishing, and releases less toxic gases and smoke than other bedding products.
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