jute rug on hardwood floor Cleveland WestIn the past, Floor Coverings International Cleveland West has looked at how to choose the right carpet style for your home, so today we’re going to narrow things down a bit more and talk exclusively about natural carpet fibers. Homeowners in the Greater Avon area love natural fibers because they come from renewable resources, they look great, and they’re just as comfortable as synthetic fibers. And that’s just scratching the surface.

While there are currently a wide variety of natural fibers available for use as carpets and rugs, we’ll focus on just two: wool and jute. Of course, seagrass, sisal (made from agave) and coir (made from coconut husks) are all viable options, but since they’re not as common, we’ll set them aside here.

Jute

Jute is the name of both the plant and the versatile fiber that’s commonly used to make rugs, rope, and burlap sacks. In its pre-processed form, jute grows as a coarse, strong green stalk. Jute has been cultivated since at least the 16th Century! And believe it or not, it only takes 4-6 months for jute to grow into a mature, ready-to-use plant. From seed to rug, jute may be the most environmentally friendly fiber out there.

Jute persists as a common household material because it’s economical, soft, and it glows with a warm, brown luster. Often used as a substitute for cotton, it’s no wonder that jute is a favorite for Greater Avon homeowners: it insulates well, it’s resistant to UV, and it has anti-static properties.

Wool

wool sheep Cleveland WestProbably the most well-known fiber on this list, wool is also the only natural fiber that’s typically used for broadloom carpeting (i.e. carpet woven in wider sizes, usually wall-to-wall).

Wool is naturally stain and water-resistant, because of the microscopic structure of scales on each fiber. It’s also hypoallergenic, and naturally fire-retardant! Though it has a reputation for being scratchy, innovative processing methods have turned wool into a cozy, natural option for your floors.

Drawbacks of Natural Fibers

Naturally, no fiber is perfect; every material comes with certain strengths and weaknesses. Now that you know about what makes natural fibers great, you’ll also want to know about the potential drawbacks.

  1. More difficult to clean – While you can typically steam-clean most synthetic fibers, natural fibers may need more costly treatment, such as expensive cleaning solutions or professional cleaners.
  2. Less stain-resistant in the first place – Nylon and polyester can be treated with a special stain-resistant coating, but this kind of treatment would damage most natural fibers.
  3. Price – Though not always the case, natural fibers can be more expensive than synthetics.

Of course, if you want to know more about seagrass, sisal, coir, or any other kind of carpet, Floor Coverings International Cleveland West serves the greater Westlake, Avon Lake, & Avon, OH area, so getting started with your new carpet is easy. Schedule a free, no-obligation, in-home consultation with our carpet experts today!

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