Wool has insulating and moisture-absorbing qualities which help users stay warm and dry. This is important for patients who have difficulty regulating their own body temperature and body fluids. Wool contains lanolin and other natural oils that give it antibacterial properties. Although wool is often considered hypoallergenic, some people may have allergic reactions to wool fibers or lanolin. 

Wool can be difficult to use in health and care facilities as it cannot withstand machine washing at high temperatures. Washing at the necessary 60degrees, to ensure sufficient hygiene, causes the wool to shrink and becomefelted and affects appearance and function.

  • Antistatic and does not attract dirt like othertextiles.
  • Water resistant, liquid absorbs slowly.
  • Clean with water if possible or clean.

Read more about the maintenance of textiles here.