Forum Title: Treated material: SmartStrand vs. Wool
Smart Strand even feels oily when you install it. It's been around for a while and you can see the complaints if you enter Smart Strand complaints on google. retailers are programmed to push carpet so usually the words they speak aren't their own. Wools are treated too. They are cleaned with various chemicals to wash out the barn smell natural wool has. So unless you want the o'naturale smell get the cleaned wool and know your kids are just playing on sheep fur.
Category: Carpet Post By: KELLY BELL (Boulder, CO), 01/09/2019

Re: Which carpets have the least amount of chemicals added? Welcome real flooring guy! Hope you visit much and post often. One slight clarification regarding the comment about wool, if I may...? Wools are treated too. They are cleaned with various chemicals to wash out the barn smell natural wool has. So unless you want the o'naturale smell get the cleaned wool and know your kids are just playing on sheep fur.Click to expand... All wool is cleaned as part of the spinning and finishing process. This must be done to remove the grease and oils that are naturally contained within the fibers. The cleaning process, called scouring, is done with a hot water wash and rinse. No chemicals are used in the scouring process because none are needed. Not only is the wool 'grease' water soluble, the addition of chemicals, soaps or cleaning agents would further contaminate the waste water and it simply does not happen. Wool that is used in the commercial market is treated with a 'non-toxic' moth proofing agent. ((Non-toxic unless your a moth larvae that ingests a treated fiber)) The amount required to protect the fiber from the moth larvae is extremely small and almost unmeasurable except by parts per million. If more information on moth proofing is desired, we could discuss it in a new post. Topical 'anti-stain' chemicals, like 'Scotch Guard', can be added to wool, I say 'can' because they will not have a negative impact on the wool. However, they have never been scientifically proven to benefit or otherwise enhance the performance or stain repellant properties the wool fiber has naturally. Which is why, one has to look far and wide to find a commercially produced wool carpet that has been treated with a stain or soil resistant chemical. The same is not true for carpets constructed with synthetic carpets. Hope this helps. With kindest regards, Dobby

- DANIELLE FULLER (Anderson, IN), 03/18/2019

The comment about Smart Strand reminds me of unwashed berber fibers, which left the knees of installers and children orange, and the old recycled pop bottle carpet that everything stuck to. Actually, I've heard and learned so many negative things about this product that have never sold one ounce of it, despite our beautiful display. Some people swear by it, but I'm reluctant to sell something with these big promises if they aren't yet proven for the longterm. I've said it before, and am doing so again - you've never seen a permanently stained sheep, so wool has to be naturally repel staining. At our house, we have five sheepskin rugs, one is a giant quad, and they clean up very nicely. Dobby, can you explain me the difference between washing and scouring? It has been a while since a rep explained to me the washing process - how is it different from scouring? Thanks, Tia

- TED BUSH (Las Vegas, NV), 04/27/2019

The cleaning process, called scouring, is done with a hot water wash and rinse. No chemicals are used in the scouring process because none are needed. What do you mean by: unwashed berber fibers, and the old recycled pop bottle carpet that everything stuck to

- ROSA CHAPMAN (Garland, TX), 04/30/2019

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