What Are the Benefits of Wool Mattresses?

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What Are the Benefits of Wool Mattresses?
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Wool is a natural textile made from the fleece of sheep. When used in mattresses, wool has many inherent benefits, making it unnecessary to use chemical additives.

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History

Spinning wool into yarn dates back to around 4000BC. More recently, factories were established in England in 50 A. D., and the Merino sheep industry started in Australia in 1797.

Features

Wool mattresses are beneficial for people who have allergies. In its natural form, wool is 100 per cent hypoallergenic.

Function

Wool mattresses function by acting as a natural insulator. Air spaces trap body heat, which, in turn, helps warm air circulate next to the skin.

Significance

Because of its natural moisture content, wool mattresses are naturally flame-resistant. The chemical structure of wool acts as an added barrier, without the need for flame-retardant chemicals.

Considerations

Wool mattresses are beneficial for babies. Due to the natural crimping of wool fibres, a springy cushion helps naturally cradle and soothe the body.

Warning

While wool is naturally hypoallergenic, abrasive chemicals are often used for processing and mothproofing raw wool.

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