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Why wool blankets are perfect for summer nights

Fun fact: Wool is capable of absorbing as much as 30% of its weight in moisture. In contrast, synthetic fibres can absorb just around 4%. This is an important fact to know because this means wool’s breathability is a key factor in managing moisture and regulating temperature, thus, keeping you nice, cool and dry in warm environments or weather conditions.

Since wool fibres are crimped, they form millions of really small air pockets when tightly packed together. It’s a really unique structure, if you think about it, because this is what allows it to both absorb and release moisture – it can do this both in the atmosphere or from your body via perspiration. The best part? It never compromises its thermal efficiency in doing so.

Here’s why wool blankets are actually great for summer nights

Most people don’t give this a second thought, but as you sleep under a wool blanket, even in the summer months, it works its wonders to persistently transfer moisture away from your body, so you feel dry and comfortable all throughout the night, even if you don’t have the air conditioning running on full blast.

If you compare this to blankets with synthetic fibres, such as nylon or polyester, you will find that they are far less efficient at managing and displacing moisture and temperature – not surprising, since they have a fairly simple structure. This causes you to feel warm, damp, and uncomfortably sweaty while sleeping.

Need more reasons to change to wool blankets during summers instead of other fibre types?

Wool is hypoallergenic which means…

It resists bacteria, mould, mildew, etc., all of which can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Its hypoallergenic properties make it easier to breath throughout the night, even if you’re not susceptible to such allergic reactions.

Another key advantage is that house dust mites cannot live in wool because the dry environment is not conductive to their living habits and they also tend to get caught up easily in the fibre’s microscopic scales.

Wool regulates body temperature

The better your body temperature is regulated while sleeping, the better you’ll sleep, and there are no two opinions about it. The reason for this is simple: wool is what we call an ‘active’ fibre. It reacts immediately to changes in your body’s temperature. In fact, it’s the only textile which keeps you warm when you’re cold and cools your body down when you’re feeling warm. Interesting, eh? Kind of like the insulation in your walls.

Wool’s hygroscopic abilities allow it to quickly absorb and release moisture – it generates heat during winters when you’re feeling cold, keeping you nice, cosy, and warm. But when you’re hot during summers, it releases moisture, which quickly evaporates to cool you down.

Wool is environmentally-friendly

Another reason wool blankets are perfect for summer nights is because wool itself is a biodegradable and renewable source. It requires a lot less energy to produce, compared to synthetic fibres.

It almost never gets smelly and needs far less cleaning as well as general care. It even requires less laundry care than other fibres and does not contribute to microplastic pollution.

One more for the environment!

Great breathability for more comfort

Wool fibres being crimped and especially when they are tightly packed together, are both key factors contributing to their excellent breathability. This helps you better manage moisture and regulate body temperature more efficiently.

When sleeping under a wool blanket during the summer months, you’re constantly drawing moisture away from your body, keeping it nice, dry and comfortable as you sleep. If we take synthetic fibres in contrast, such as nylon or polyester, they may cause you to feel uncomfortably warm and sweaty as they are nowhere as efficient at regulating body temperature or managing moisture.

This is a key consideration, especially as you try to save energy bills as much as possible during the warm and humid months, a time when households typically have their air conditioners running at full blast almost 24 hours a day.

Best wool blanket care tips

Apart from the benefits of using a wool blanket during summers, it’s also important to know how to give them the proper care and maintenance. It’s a great investment, after all, one which will last many years providing you comfort not only during those chilly nights but also the warm and humid ones.

While you could follow the cleaning instructions on the label, it always pays to take a few extra steps to ensure a long life:

Washing and drying

Since most wool blankets are delicate, you should exercise caution while machine washing them. If you must, then place them on a gentle cycle, although remember to give your blanket a proper shake before placing it in the machine. Adding a little mild liquid detergent to your machine’s drawer made specifically for wool items is a good idea.

Set your spin cycle to gentle/delicate as well.

When drying your wool blanket, you should lay it out flat on a clothes horse to retain it’s shape. Air dry it and if you’re washing it during summers, hang it out on a clothesline. This will help to dry it out quickly and evenly.

However, make sure your blanket is away from direct sunlight and do not machine dry it as this may diminish the softness, cause damage to the fibres, and even bend it a little out of shape.

Brushing and storing

Brushing your wool blanket is an important part of maintenance. It removes excess dirt and ensures that all the wool fibres are arranged in a uniform way – this helps to strengthen it and maintain softness.

Lay your wool blanket on the floor or a large table and use a soft bristled brush to brush down along the longer axis, using long, gentle sweeping motions.

Ideally, wool blankets should be tucked away in a cool, dark place. Try not to leave them out in the open when not being used – direct light and heat may cause the colours and texture to fade.

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