It’s no secret that wool rugs have traditionally enjoyed a label of luxury to their name. And for good reason – many believe they offer a different brand of quality than carpets made with some of the more contemporary or easily available materials. After all, to even think about making a nice wool rug, one needs to have well-bred sheep raised countryside ready to provide with some quality wool. Taking care of these sheep is usually a year-round process, sometimes requiring several dedicated individuals attending the farm. It is partly because of this reason that wool carpets come in a bit more expensive than carpets made from synthetic material. Those, like nylon, are much easier to come by than actual wool, especially in our industrialized day and age. Just as is the case with everything finer, so does the wool rug require a bit of additional finesse in terms of cleaning and caring for it. Improper care can destroy a wool rug, and we don’t mean figuratively, either, so before choosing to go for one, you must ask yourself if you’re willing to put in the extra time and effort in order to properly care and look after the carpet. If the answer is no, you’re probably better off getting a sturdier synthetic fiber that you can even replace without to big of a financial setback. If you understand the added responsibilities that come with owning a wool rug, then don’t be afraid to grab one while educating yourself on this material. First off, do you have a pet? Because wool comes from an actual animal, and is, in a sense, an animal’s fur, your pets, particularly the dogs, will be drawn to the wool rug much more than they might be to a synthetic carpet. We all know dogs can make a pretty big mess, but one that is usually cleaned up with some effort. However, if they decide to suddenly go number one or two on your wool carpet, you might never be able to get the stains out and clean the carpet fully. Not just that, but using certain chemical cleaners can make it even worse because they ruin the carpet’s natural texture. You see how even a brief drop in caution can cause wool rugs to become throwaway material, so they definitely aren’t for everyone. A counterbalance to this increased need for care is offered in the form of wool rugs being spill resistant. Because wool naturally repels moisture, often when you spill liquid on the wool carpet, if you clean the spot as soon as possible, it will be sufficient and no further cleaning of the carpet will be required. Wool also offers natural fire resistance because the fibers extinguish themselves, so while it’s definitely possible to ruin wool rugs with fire, actually setting them on fire might prove difficult, whereas the opposite stands true for some lesser quality materials. So, while you likely don’t need to worry about your wool rugs catching fire anytime soon, actually dropping embers on them or igniting the woolen threads is a bad idea.