Types of Wool Used In Mattress Manufacturing
Types of wool in mattress and futon manufacturing vary just like the strand of hair on humans heads vary in thickness, color and strength. There are two distinct types of wool, used in mattress and futon manufacturing natural wool and organic wool. Although they can come from different types of sheep, some wool comes from lambs white, thin and straight, while other wool from mature sheep who’s wool is thick, white, black or brown, and long or short fibers. No matter where the wool comes from one property is the same, unless it is treated to be washable wool. The property is that wool releases moisture faster than any other fiber. This wicking of moisture keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, as it helps to control your bodies temperature while asleep.
Organic wool is perhaps the most sort after wool in the world, as it is completely controlled from the land the sheep grazes on, to the care of the sheep and humane husbandry practices from birth to shearing. The organic wool product in the United States is so small and limited, that is why you hear of eco-wool and other non- organic wool that is natural but cannot stand up to the vigorous requirements of organic farming. If you can find GOTS certified organic wool in a mattress, futon or topper you are very lucky indeed.
Lamb’s wool is generally collected during the slaughtering of the lambs for meat, and most lamb meat comes from New Zealand. Most organic mattresses use organically grown quilted New Zealand lamb’s wool quilted inside the organic case. The sheep are not herded for wool, but for meat, and the lamb’s wool is a bi-product of meat production. This wool is very thin, straight and fine and not great for loftily long-lasting mattress, futons or toppers. The best wool to use is mature sheep that are herded in the open air for their beautiful wool, have long lives and live happily in the meadows.
The Micron System, the most technical and accurate system of grading, was largely developed at the Denver Wool Laboratory, USDA. The system separates wool into 16 grades according to the average fiber diameter as measured by a micrometer.Lambs wool is very fine small micron while sheep wool is much thicker, crimped and stronger.
Today's industry provides a broad choice of wool fibers, so the manufacturer may select those best suited for their end-product. The grades of wool vary with some breeds of sheep producing finer quality wool than others.
The Best Combination
The best wool is usually a blend of some of the types of wool. This blend provides one with a combination of long and medium crimp wool that is naturally crimped without any added process that can add unwanted chemicals.
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