By Trish Holder
A gym membership is not in my future; I exercise at home, most often with a worsted wool rug under my feet.
High quality wool area rugs have been my floor covering of choice for sometime, largely because they are perfect for pets, kids, and messy folk like us. Wool fibers in wool worsted rugs tend not to absorb moisture, but rather keep moisture and mess suspended at the surface, so clean-up is very simple and very successful.
Impact Exercise and Pets Allowed!
I took note of this in a previous blog that discussed my ongoing cat vomit problem. However, I remained unsure as to how well these rugs would stand up to my at home workout regime.
Exercising at home saves time, saves gas, and saves money – three things that are very important to me. But I love these beautiful rugs, so I worried that my almost daily aerobic activity (including impact exercise) might shred them prematurely. Well, 5 years and hundreds of home workouts later, I’m delighted to report that the worsted wool rug in my bedroom (where I usually exercise) still looks great. In fact, it looks brand new.
Cleaning Wool Rugs
Wool area rugs require special cleaning – don’t dare let your regular carpet cleaner come in and steam one like cotton or polyester rugs. A fine rug dealer can recommend the best firm for picking up, cleaning, and delivering your quality wool rugs. That’s the downside, because you will have to live without your floor covering for a week or so and having a wool rug professionally cleaned is not cheap. But because they clean up so well, you really only need to have the rugs cleaned every few years, depending on the traffic a given area rug receives. I’ve had the rugs in our family room, master bedroom, and my office cleaned once in a 5-year period. It cost a few hundred dollars to have all three cleaned. I can live with that because I expect that these rugs will serve my family for a lifetime – perhaps a few lifetimes.
Sustainable Rugs with No Banned Pesticides!
My American made wool worsted rugs are also a wonderfully sustainable. The wool fibers in these rugs are harvested from sheep that are raised and cared for on farms in New Zealand where no internationally banned pesticides are used. New Zealand wool is also a renewable and biodegradable fiber.
All of that green stuff is great – but I promise you I wouldn’t be singing the praises of wool rugs if I hadn’t experienced their durability firsthand. In my world, floor coverings have to stand up to family pets, aerobic activity, and host of other offenses. These wool area rugs have. If only I aged so well!