The woolen mattresses used to make the beds in the Faribault Woolen Mills in Kildare were made with a technique that was widely believed to make them soft and pliable, but new research suggests it was actually detrimental to their longevity.
New research has found that the Fariba woolen mats that were sold as “furniture” were actually made of fibres that were harder than hard clay.
The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Reading, and compared the performance of different fibres and their durability over time.
“We found that fibre quality varied across the fibres used, with fibres in different types of wool producing very different durability and stability,” Professor Peter Molloy from the University’s School of Agricultural Sciences, said.
“Fibres in softer fibres tend to last longer, whereas fibres made of more hard fibres tended to fail more quickly.”
The study shows that fibres are different in their ability to support different properties of materials.
For example, a fibre made of soft clay can be very hard and brittle, while a fibres of hard fibre can be relatively soft and resilient.
“Professor Mollay said the findings suggest that people who buy woolen sheets and blankets should not be misled by the claims made by retailers and the wool industry.”
This study confirms the fibre quality of the fibers used in the production of the Farbaits, and that fibre durability and durability over a lifetime is not as important as the material used in making it,” he said.
Prof Mollow said the fibrous mat used in woolen furniture was commonly used in Australia, but in recent years it has become increasingly popular in Europe and the United States.”
It’s been a very popular fabric in Europe, and is now being used in furniture in some of the US and Australia, and in Japan,” he added.”
There’s been lots of concern about the impact on health from using the fibreglass.
We’re now seeing some evidence that it’s not that harmful, but it does make the material harder to work with.
“A lot of the materials used in these fibres, especially the softer fibre, are not very durable.
The fibres have to be used with care, and there’s a lot of damage that has to be done on the fibre before it can be used again.”
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), also revealed that people could be at risk of developing arthritis from using fibres.
Professor Molls said the study found that people using woolen fibres were at greater risk of arthritis, especially when they were older.
“When people were aged 65 or older, we found a significant increase in the risk of joint pain and inflammation in people using fibreglasses compared to people using no fibres,” he explained.
“They had a higher risk of osteoarthritis and joint pain when they started to use the fibrels.”
If we could find a way to prevent this, we’d like to think that people would be using the fibers for a longer time.
We also found that fibregrases with fibre-like properties had more elastic properties, which might help in bending joints and making them more flexible.””
In addition, the fibre’s elasticity is not dependent on the strength of the fibre itself, which is why it has a similar behaviour to natural fibres.
“The researchers say their findings have important implications for people who use fibres for beds and other items that require a lot more support.”
These findings suggest fibres could be used as part of a range of materials for use in furniture, such as the use of mattresses and furniture sheets, and also as a replacement for traditional materials for furniture, like wood and leather,” Professor Molloys said.