Wool or Polypropylene Carpet – Which Is Best?

locationAugust 2018

When choosing a new carpet, one of the questions you have to ask yourself is “do I go for wool or polypropylene?”


Unfortunately, we aren’t able to give you an easy answer because, the fact is, there isn’t one. There are pros and cons to both kinds of material.


One thing that is important to mention, though, is that just because both are good options, that doesn’t mean you should just go for the cheapest. It may be that one type of carpet is better suited to your home and the room you’re carpeting.


Here’s a bit more information to help you make that decision.


Choosing the right carpet can impact so many things:

  • durability
  • resilience
  • appearance
  • retention
  • feel
  • practicality
  • price


So, what’s the difference?


Wool is a great natural fibre which is very resilient to wear and tear and general soiling.

You can get it in pure 100%  or in 80%  blends with nylon and polypropylene to improve its wear properties.

For areas with a lot of footfall (and therefore areas prone to soiling) a wool mix blend, is ideal.  It pays to spend slightly more for higher quality carpets in these areas.

We’re talking hallways and staircases.


Benefits of a wool carpet:

  • Hard wearing and long lasting
  • Retains its shape and height
  • Recovers quickly from compression (think furniture dents)
  • Naturally flame retardant
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable


Polypropylene, on the other hand, is a bit more ‘family friendly’. It’s ideal for children’s bedrooms and rooms where children play often which can are susceptible to spillages.

Benefits of polypropylene carpet:

  • Very stain resistant
  • Easier to clean
  • Durable
  • Good colour fastness
  • Value for money


When selecting a carpet, always speak with a carpet expert to help decide which material is best suited to your needs.


Whichever carpet you chose, when it comes to having it deep cleaned, make sure you consult a specialist who knows exactly how to treat the fibres to keep it healthy as well as clean.


Five Star Furniture Care are registered as WoolSafe Fibre Care specialists and a WoolSafe Approved service provider as well as being a registered Trustmark member.