Natural Virgin Wool
- Superior pressure Relief.
- Adds Loft & Spring.
- Natural Moisture & Temperature Regulator.
- Inhospitable environment for dust mites.
- Naturally Mildew and Fungus Resistant.
- Removes Static Electricity.
- Natural Fire Retardant.
Superior Pressure Relief + Adds Loft & Spring
The benefits of wool in a mattress are many. For one, it can be bent back on itself more than 20,000 times without breaking, compared to about 3,000 times for cotton & 2,000 times for silk. This allows wool to be superior in pressure relief when compared to cotton.
Natural Moisture & Temperature Regulator
Wool is also hygroscopic fiber; it takes up moisture in vapor form. Tiny pores in the epicuticle make the fiber semi-permeable, allowing vapor to pass through to the heart of the fiber. The capacity to absorb makes wool a “temperature regulator” is most beneficial to any futon mattress, as it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
You are less likely to experience allergies or sensitivities with wool because wool is hypoallergenic. Many who think they have an allergy to wool aren’t actually experiencing an allergic reaction but a mechanical effect of rigid fibers. That is, coarse wool is more likely to prickle. Finer individual fibers, are far less likely to cause even sensitive skin to itch. This effect isn’t specific to wool. Very few people have an allergic reaction to wool itself, and even wool allergy tests may give an accurate indication of what to expect from actual wool for anyone except shearers since those tests include salts and lanolin that are removed from wool during processing.
Inhospitable environment for dust mites
Those with sensitivities to dust mites will be happy to know that wool is an inhospitable environment for dust mites, which prefer heat (about 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and humidity (above 75 percent), both of which wool lowers. Dust mites can trigger asthma symptoms, so it is important to lessen their effects. As many as 10 percent of the general population and (in some regions) 90 percent of people with allergic asthma are sensitive to dust mites.
Naturally Mildew and Fungus Resistant
You are less likely to experience allergies from mold and mildew because wool inhibits mildew, fungus, and rot. Wool has a higher resistance to bacteria and fungi than other proteins because of the water repelling membrane that covers the fiber and the chemical structure with sulfur crosslinks. This is also why wool biodegrades more slowly than other material you might compost.
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