4:30 pm on Thursday, February 26th, 2015
There are many different types of wool that can be used for clothing items. Wool is the fiber that grows on certain animals like; sheep, goat, camel, and rabbits. Since wool comes from a variety of animals, there are several different varieties, each with its own unique properties. We will go over some of the more popular types of this amazing fiber.
- Merino wool comes from merino sheep and is very popular due its very high quality. This wool produces a very fine sheep fleece and is very soft and breathable. Merino sheep produce a much finer fiber that standard sheep’s wool, which means it does not have an itchy or coarse feel to the fiber. Most merino sheep are raised in the mountain regions of Australia and New Zealand.
- Cashmere is a very soft fiber that comes from the Kashmir goat. Since each goat can only produce a few ounces of cashmere per year, this causes cashmere to be one of the most expensive fibers in the world.
- Angora wool is an amazingly soft fiber that comes from the fur of an angora rabbit. Angora wool has the highest heat retention ability of any natural fiber. This wool is very fragile because the fibers are so fine, which means pure angora fibers are combined with other wool to make garments.
Wool is certainly an amazing fiber that has many benefits. It is breathable, water resistant, and helps to wick away moisture from the body. Go ahead and enjoy what nature has provided us with, in this perfect fiber that is practical and beautiful.
4:30 pm on Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Stains can happen in an instant, so its good to be prepared with some suede cleaning tips. Suede is a beautiful material and will provide many years of enjoyment. However, there are a few tips to keep in mind that will keep your garment looking great for many years.
- If a wet stain occurs, fast action is very important. Use a white dry cloth or paper towel and try to blot up the stain as quickly as possible. Be careful to blot and not rub the stain as you do not want to push the stain into the nap. After you have cleaned the stain, let the suede dry at room temperature, as applying heat may darken the suede and leave spots where the stain occurred.
- Dry stains can occur over time due to dirt and dust that settle in the nap of suede. The first step is to rub up the nap with a dry clean cloth. Then brush the suede with a soft bristle brush. If the stain is still there, you can use a clean pencil eraser to rub it off.
- Once you have cleaned the stains, its best to apply a suede water and stain repellent to protect against future stains and water spots. Make sure you follow the product application instructions.
- Suede garments should be taken to a professional cleaner at least every other year. This cleaning process will deeply clean and restore the nap to allow your suede to look like new.
You will always be in style with suede, so follow these basic tips to keep it looking great for many years to come.
11:43 pm on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Due to wool’s amazing properties, it makes for a very safe and green option for your home. It has some very unique and valuable qualities which makes it ideal for use all around your home. Most people know about wool rugs and sweaters, but wool is also being used for some lesser known products that help to make your household safer and greener. We will look into some of these uses and qualities of this natural fiber that makes it such a green and safe choice for your home.
- Use wool for your home insulation. Its a natural, renewable and sustainable product that requires a lot less energy to produce than its man made counterparts. Also, due to wool’s very high inflammation point, it will help to reduce the spread of fire in a home. Another benefit is that unlike fiberglass insulation, wool is very safe to handle, which makes it easy to install.
- Wool rugs make an ideal choice for babies to crawl on, due to its benefits. Wool is naturally fire resistant but benefits your baby in other ways as well. Due to wool being springy, it allows for a high level of comfort for your active, crawling baby. Also, wool is very stain resistant due to its protective outer layer which helps to keep dirt on top of the carpet. This will make baby stain cleanup much easier.
Nature has given us an amazing natural fiber in wool, so go ahead and use it all around your house as a safe and greener choice.
4:28 pm on Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Medical sheepskin has some amazing and very real benefits. Medical grade sheepskin is different from just any regular sheepskin. There are some distinct characteristics that go into creating a medical sheepskin. The Australian Medical Sheepskin Standard is the agreement that sets the standards for medical sheepskins and assures consumers they are getting a genuine medical grade sheepskin. There are some important aspects that a sheepskin must meet in order to fulfill the requirements of the Australian Medical Sheepskin Standard. They are as follows:
- The leather – It must be able to withstand washing through a commercial laundry machine at a high temperature. This is important for proper thermal disinfection of the sheepskin.
- The wool – Wool type, length and the final finish are important components of a medical sheepskin. These wool fibers need to have a diameter that is 26-34 µm and be 25- 30 mm long.
- There is a designation for urine resistance. There will be the letters UR to indicate that the sheepskin has increased resistance to urine. Sheepskins that do not have the UR stamp will break down faster in the presence of urine. This sheepskin is also very suitable for incontinent patients.
- Medical sheepskin color coding – High temperature sheepskins must be colored green. This means the sheepskin can be washed at 80 degrees celsius and dried at 60 degrees celsius without deterioration. This is very important for proper sheepskin and wool disinfection. This makes the green colored coded sheepskin the highest quality medical sheepskin, which is ideal for hospitals or nursing homes.
Now you have an overview of medical grade sheepskins and their qualities which will ensure you know what to look for to get a genuine Australian Medical Sheepskin.
3:52 pm on Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Wool area rugs have many benefits over wall to wall carpeting. While carpeting can be nice, its not easy to replace and it takes more cleaning due to it being much larger than an area rug. We will explore some of the benefits of area rugs and in particular wool area rugs.
- Change the look and feel of any room very quickly with a new area rug. You can easily find an area rug that matches the color of some new furniture you bought or just change the look of your room.
- Wool area rugs are very resilient due to wool being naturally springy. This allows the fibers to recover very quickly from indents by furniture. Also, it will allow the area rug to look fresh and new for much longer.
- Wool is very stain resistant, which keeps your area rugs cleaner. Wool has a coating of natural lanolin which helps to stop dirt and stains from penetrating the wool and leaves any soiling near the surface. This makes area rug cleaning very easy.
- Wool is very flame resistant making it a safe choice for any room.
- Wool area rugs come in many beautiful styles and colors, giving you huge flexibility to match up a rug with your room’s style.
- Due to wool’s natural crimps, this causes the fibers to be naturally springy, which makes these area rugs very comfortable for walking.
Go ahead and explore the unmatched beauty and comfort that comes from wool area rugs. These rugs will provide you with many years of comfort and beauty for any room.
3:28 pm on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Wool is an amazing natural fiber that has many great qualities that make it a very useful and beautiful fiber. However, not all wool is the same, as there is quite a variation in the quality that is sold. This is why the price can vary so much as some wool will be of higher quality and thus worth more. There are many factors that determine the quality of this fiber and thus it’s value. Here is a list of some those factors.
- The fiber diameter of wool is the single most important factor that determines quality and price. Generally, merino wool is the highest quality wool because of its fineness which creates a very soft fiber. Simply put, the finer the wool is, the more valuable it is.
- Uniformity of the fiber diameter is another factor. The more uniform the this fiber is, the higher value it has.
- The color of wool is also very important to its value. Wool that is white or off-white can accept a wider variety of dyes that are used in making various fabrics.
- Staple strength determines the fibers ability to withstand the production process. The higher the staple strength, the less waste that is produced.
There are some other factors as well, but here you have some of the main qualities that determines the value. Wool is truly an amazing fiber with its moisture absorption abilities and being very breathable. Go ahead and enjoy this valuable and very practical fiber.
4:01 pm on Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Winter may be cold and uncomfortable, but due to the marvels of sheepskin, you can take the bite out of winter’s cold with various sheepskin clothing accessories. Sheepskin is breathable and very warm, making it the perfect fiber for staying warm all winter. Here are some sheepskin fashion ideas to help you tackle winter’s cold.
- Sheepskin coats are a great choice to help keep out winter’s biting cold. They are stylish and are very warm due to the combination of the sheepskin exterior and wool interior.
- Sheepskin gloves are the perfect accessory to go with your coat, as they are stylish but very functional. These gloves are naturally breathable which keeps your hands warm, without sweating.
- Sheepskin hats are a needed option, due to the heat loss that occurs from having your head exposed to the cold. Once again, due to the marvels of wool’s breathable and moisture absorption abilities, your hat will keep you dry and warm.
- Stay warm around the house with sheepskin slippers as they are very warm and cozy. Also, due to wool’s amazing properties, these slippers will keep your feet dry and help to reduce foot odor. An added bonus to sheepskin slippers is that they have anti-bacterial qualities which helps to heal foot sores.
- For the final touch, get some sheepskin boots, as they will keep your feet warm and dry. Wool is excellent at moisture absorption, so this will prevent sweat build up in your boots.
Now you can get out and enjoy winter in warmth and comfort, knowing that these fashion accessories will protect you all winter.
3:31 pm on Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Sheepskin is a very trendy and fashionable item to help you stay stylish and keep you warm all winter long. However, sheepskin has many other unique and interesting facts that make it an important industry. Here is a list of some facts about sheepskin and wool.
- Sheep are produced in all 50 U.S. states, with the highest sheep producing states being west of the Mississippi river. This is where the larger ranches are located.
- Wool is the world’s leading natural animal fiber.
- Texas had the largest number of lambs as of January 1, 2014 at 740,000
- U.S. sheep farmers produce a dual purpose animal that is valued for both its meat and wool.
- The top 5 wool producing countries are: Australia, China, New Zealand, Russia and Argentina.
- Some interesting uses of wool are: can be used to make insulation, hand made rugs, tennis balls, bedding products and cleanup pads for oil and chemical spills.
- Wool is a very fire resistant fiber due to its very high ignition temperature point of 570 – 600 degrees Celsius. Also there are other unique properties of wool that create fire resistance, such as its high nitrogen and water content, and its self extinguishing properties.
- The 2010 U.S. economic impact of lamb and wool, various meat and sheep cheese was $786 million.
- Sheep’s milk is very nutritious and is richer in vitamins A, B and E, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium than cow’s milk.
- In 2011 there were 1.04 billion head of sheep in the world.
Now you know more about this industry and have some amazing facts about sheepskin and wool.
7:09 pm on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Wool is an amazing fiber but needs to be cleaned correctly to avoid doing damage. Also, due to the self cleaning properties of wool it does not need to be cleaned as frequently as man made materials. They often only require a deep cleaning once or twice per year. Here is some general cleaning advice to keep in mind when dealing with wool items.
- Remove soil and dust from garments by brushing lengthwise with a garment brush.
- Treat stains immediately, which helps to prevent them from setting. When cleaning a stain, use a clean, white cloth to blot as much of the stain as possible. Do not rub, but always blot the stain. Rubbing can create a bigger stain as you spread the stain due to the rubbing.
- You can do hand washing using a special wool detergent which is a mild detergent. Do not use bleach because it could ruin your wool.
- Dry the wool by laying it on a flat surface. Hanging wool could stretch the material due to the weight of the water that was soaked into the fibers.
- Do not put wool in the dryer as this could cause shrinkage.
So there you have some basic advice on how to care for your wool items. This natural fiber has so many amazing and practical benefits, that it’s important to properly care for your wool to keep it lasting a long time.
4:35 pm on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Wool is a very amazing natural fiber that can be used for so many purposes. Most people are aware of how its used for various clothing items, but its use goes well beyond just clothing. Lets take a look at some of these very unique uses:
- Wool is an ideal natural mulch for your trees or shrubs. It is porous and cooling for plants, yet is resistant to weeds.
- Audio insulation in amplifiers and speakers can be done with wool. This is due to its great ability to reduce sound transfer, vibrations and its natural heat resistance.
- Sheepskin wool can used for dog beds, as they find them cozy and are amazing at absorbing moisture. This will dramatically reduce odor causing bacteria.
- Due to wool’s strong fire resistance, it makes a perfect material for lamp shades, which helps to keep your home safer from fire.
- Wool can be used for a wide variety of medical uses. It can be used for medical grade sheepskin pads to help prevent bed sores, and used to protect feet from friction.
- Bricks reinforced with wool and seaweed are less toxic and stronger than regular bricks.
- Wool is very useful when oil spills occur. Pads made with wool are used to help soak up the oil.
There are many more products made as well, such as tennis ball covers, pool table baize and hanging basket liners. So go out and get your wool products, as they are natural and better for you.