The Many Benefits of Wool

December 14, 2016
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When I was getting dressed this morning, I looked at my window temperature gauge that tells me the outdoor temp and it said 6 degrees. YIKES!

Weather like this calls for either cashmere or wool, in my opinion.  Today I chose wool and thought, I should share the many benefits of wool with YOU.

wool-leather

Wool items are great this time of year due to their warmth and durability.  Did you know that even if wool gets wet, you will still stay warm? Here are more benefits to investing in wool garments:

It’s durable:  Wool fiber can withstand being bent 20,000 times without breaking.  (Cotton breaks after 3,000 bends and silk after 2,000.  Rayon can only be bent 75 times without breaking).  The fibers stretch rather than break and they spring back with the pressure is released.  Hence, wool garments tend to retain their shape and the fabric is resistant to tearing.

It’s Absorbent:  Wool wicks moisture away from the body – absorbing up to 30% of its weight in moisture – keeping you warm without the wet.  Wool will protect your body in cold and warm conditions.  It’s versatile for all seasons.

It’s Comfy:  Because wool keeps heat close to the body, it’s a great insulator.  Small amounts of liquid such as spills, light rain or snow will stay on the surface and run off the fabric.  Even when wool is saturated, it retains 80% of its insulating value.

It’s Resistant:  Wool is not easily stained or spotted by grease and oils.  It does not wrinkle easily and is resistant to wear and tear.

It’s Flame Retardant:  Wool will not melt into the skin like many fabrics.  When exposed to flame, it chars or smolders.  It’s self-extinguishing.  When the flame is removed, burning stops.  It will not support combustion.  This is why many baby blankets are made with wool and why wool blankets are recommended for use in extinguishing small fires.

It’s not Stinky:  Wool is resistant to odors.  When sweat remains on the skin, bacteria will develop and create an odor.  Since wool wicks sweat away so it can evaporate into the air, bacteria (and stink) doesn’t have a chance to generate.

What’s your favorite wool item or accessory?  We can help keep them items looking like new with our Eco friendly & odor free cleaning.  Bring them to any of our 20 locations or sign up for our free pick-up and delivery service here.

In the meantime, here’s care tips for wool; how to store your wool items in winter and how often you should dry clean your wool coat.

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