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Wool mix carpets or synthetic?

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gransue60 Thu 24-Sep-20 17:58:18

We’re having new carpets in the lounge and dining room and we’ve picked a cream 80/20 wool mix. (Must be mad) !
While I was in the shop the salesman mentioned that not many people have this mix anymore, they pick the synthetic types which can be cleaned with bleach etc. It’s too late to change the order now but the reason we picked wool is because I have found in the past that synthetic carpets tend to flatten easily after a while and don’t stay looking as good for long. However for future reference I wonder if gransnetters had any take on the newer synthetic carpets that may help me decide which to choose when we change the landing and stair carpet?

NotTooOld Thu 24-Sep-20 18:06:30

We always go for the wool mix, gransue. Not keen on synthetics all over the floor. Why would you want to clean a carpet with bleach anyway? You can still clean a wool carpet - not with bleach, obviously. No, you made the right choice.

Tabbycat Thu 24-Sep-20 18:14:33

We always choose a wool carpet - a natural fibre and less likely to cause static.
And I'm with NotTooOld - why would you use bleach to clean a carpet?

phoenix Thu 24-Sep-20 18:21:34

We are gradually getting rid of carpet, going for hard floors and rugs.

The carpet that was on the stairs flattened terribly, completely losing its "textured" appearance pretty quickly!

Whitewavemark2 Thu 24-Sep-20 18:21:44

Yes another for wool here we have heavy rugs downstairs and fitted carpets on stairs and bedrooms. All wool.

I think the colours are much not so harsh.

That is obsolete rubbish about bleach😲😲😲

westendgirl Thu 24-Sep-20 18:27:05

I really prefer wool mix, but have found to my horror that the moths love it as well. I would now I think have synthetic.

Greeneyedgirl Thu 24-Sep-20 18:29:09

Bleach on carpets 🤔. Wool mix is hard wearing and much preferable to synthetics.

Chewbacca Thu 24-Sep-20 18:31:11

I've always had Karndean or click flooring and very reluctantly agreed to have carpets in the living room of this house. 80/20 wool and it's hard wearing enough but I'd forgotten what a pain they are to care for. Big mistake.

M0nica Thu 24-Sep-20 18:59:06

There are plenty of very efficient and safe carpet foams and liquids about, no need to use bleach. Even if you did what harm would it do to the wool, apart from remove the colour (and it would do that to a synthetic carpet as well.

Our current house is old and comes complete with nice wooden floors, so just use rugs, but when we did have a house with carpets, they were all wool and no problem to look after in anyway. Just vacuumed them weekly and occasionally had them cleaned.

Curlywhirly Thu 24-Sep-20 19:14:08

Always get 80/20 wool twist carpets. I think wool is more forgiving when trying to remove stains. My son has synthetic fibre carpets and the stains take some effort to remove. I have also been told that the synthetic carpets these days are very good, but I just don't fancy trying one out!

Greyduster Thu 24-Sep-20 19:22:33

Always 80/20 wool for heavy tread areas such as HS&L, and although we don’t have carpets downstairs, if we did we would also have a good wool mix there too. Wool carpets look better, wear better and stay cleaner than any synthetic carpet.

MawB2 Thu 24-Sep-20 19:26:13

Wool or wool mix every time.
Harder wearing, safer, more environmentally friendly - that salesman did not know what he was talking about or perhaps he was trying to “push” synthetics.
Cleaning carpets with bleach?
Rubbish!

kittylester Thu 24-Sep-20 19:28:11

Well, we have just replaced our lounge carpet with a polyester one. It is lovely.

I'm sure my mother is spinning in her grave but we should embrace new things not be stuck in the past.

craftyone Fri 25-Sep-20 11:20:45

I just changed to a winter rug in front of my stove. It is pure woven wool and is safest for in front of a stove. I have had wool fitted carpet in the family home, beautiful and hard wearing for the whole time we lived there. Now I have quickstep laminate throughout, I have a horror of wool moths and carpet moths and they do like to lurk in dark place such as under beds

Also much less likely to get static from wool.

gransue60 Fri 25-Sep-20 11:48:31

Thank you all for your kind comments reinforcing how I felt about wool mix carpets. Now they’ve just finished laying them I’m pleased -they look lovely. I was just surprised that people don’t go for them anymore but the fitters say that they’re too expensive for some and anyway people like to change them more frequently. What a great help gransnet is.

coastiepostie Wed 07-Oct-20 09:21:38

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MiniMoon Wed 07-Oct-20 10:19:17

We have a wool mix carpet in the living room. In the bedrooms we have synthetic.

kittylester Wed 07-Oct-20 21:16:40

gransue60

Thank you all for your kind comments reinforcing how I felt about wool mix carpets. Now they’ve just finished laying them I’m pleased -they look lovely. I was just surprised that people don’t go for them anymore but the fitters say that they’re too expensive for some and anyway people like to change them more frequently. What a great help gransnet is.

We've just had synthetic carpets in the lounge and they cost the same as wool mix ones.

We found it really difficult to find a good range of wool mix ones and had heard horrific tales of carpet moth being much more common now.

I expect my mother is spinning in her grave but I love the softness of our polyester carpet and our daughters are really impressed.

jeanie99 Sat 10-Oct-20 09:01:14

Almost all of our married life we have bought 80/20 wool mix. I cleaned my carpets over the years and they come up great. If you spill someone wipe it up straight away no problems them.
Synthetic have a place I guess the only one I bought is down in our bedroom. I wanted a pile something nice and thick under my feet. The problem as someone said the pile flattens and shows the difference with the pile not walked on. It's ok for now but not a purchase I would repeat. At some point I will replace it but hubby doesn't know yet.

midgey Sat 10-Oct-20 09:47:44

Years ago you bought a carpet and it lasted for ever, nowadays people change carpets with the wall colour. There are some shocking carpets to be had these days!

Jess20 Fri 23-Oct-20 16:27:02

I've put down a couple of synthetic carpets in bedrooms where there was a rather bad moth problem, they've been fine, I move the beds regularly, well, every couple of months, and the pile is fine so far. Prefer wool tbh but so do the moths.