When it comes to many of today's commonly used products, wool is not the only alternative to man made fiber. Many materials can be made from man made fibers, including synthetic polyester and man made fibers that are more closely related to wool. For example, man made fibers that closely resemble wool are man made polyethylene film fiber (MAD), which is sometimes used as a filler in construction. Some fibers are synthetic, even though they are man made, such as nylon and polyethylene film fiber, which are sometimes used as an adhesive in construction as well.
wool mixed yarns are man made fibers that are processed in a similar way to wool. They are often available in a variety of styles, but most are flat weave. Flat weaves are generally more durable than other types of weaving. Most of these fibers are acrylic, rayon and spandex, although some contain nylon and polyester. Some wool mixed yarns may contain natural wool and may have been spun using a combination of spinning methods to create the yarn. This may have better acrylic content and be a blend of several other fibers to achieve a stiffer and more durable product.
Wool-made mattress pads are among the most popular of wool-made products. Typically, the wool mixed yarn contains at least one percent natural wool. Other man made components such as polyurethane or polypropylene can be included as fillers in the core of the mattress pads. This may result in a cheaper price tag for the wool mattress pads, but they are stronger and may last longer.
The wool-made mattress pads are made with an open weave. This helps to reduce moisture and dirt that may be trapped between the wefts. The tighter weft design creates a snugger fit and is capable of withstanding up to twenty-five pounds of weight. When properly laundered, wool mattress pads are soft, smooth and comfortable to sleep on. Many users find that the wool feels great against their skin. The added benefit of having a softer touch can help to prevent skin allergies, as many allergic reactions can be caused by synthetic materials.
The wool is soft and gentle enough that it is excellent for children to snuggle up with for an afternoon snooze. In fact, the wool is so soft and silky, it sometimes makes up an in-bed day care service. Because of the soft feel of the wool mixed with cotton batting, it is very durable and does not wear down as quickly as cotton batting. However, like any other type of wool, the wool can become threadbare after continual use. For this reason, it is usually recommended to wash and dry clean wool on a fairly frequent basis.
Another benefit of wool-made mattress pads is that they can be washed and dried by hand, which greatly reduces the amount of laundering necessary. Most wool fibers are naturally white, but through manufacturing, some fibers have been dyed to come in other colors. While red is the most popular color, any color will do as long as it is not used in a hot process. In addition, wool has a longer lifespan than most synthetic materials. Since wool is natural, you won't have to replace it as often as you would expect to with synthetic materials. Wool also tends to be a more timeless color.