For the person confined to the seat of a wheelchair, a Merino wool wheelchair cushion cover offers soft comfort or a quilted seat and armrest cover is beyond compare. It helps keep the body warmer in cool temperatures and cooler in warmer temperatures. The plush Merino wool provides an extremely soft surface & armrest covers can also offer cushioned comfort for wheelchair users and.
With inactivity of the body, the blood flow to these skin surfaces are slowed & the result in skin lesions, the perfect quilted seat and armrest cover is a preventive of “bed sores” that is coming from the chaffing of skin against a surface & they do not necessarily come from the bed.
Due to its softness and insulating qualities, wool is the “choice” in the construction of Wheelchair Cushions, Covers and Armrest Cover. The outer cells of the fiber repel water while the inner cells absorb moisture. In moisture, wool is highly absorbent and can retain up to 25 percent of its weight. As wool becomes warmer to the person it slowly absorbs moisture from the air the cover. Wool will take on a lot of moisture before it feels damp and dries slowly so as not to chill the user by drying too quickly. It is naturally flame-retardant because of Wool’s tendency to retain moisture.
Crutch Covers and Crutch Hand Grips
Med wool crutch covers and crutch handgrip covers offer cushioned comfort when an extended use of crutches is required. The newer metal adjustable crutches come with a foam type padding that is far easier on the user than the older wooden crutches but still does not offer enough padding forbearing one’s body weight with the armpit and palm.
Are there different wools?
There are different types of wool sources. Sheep’s wool is more readily available though Alpaca and llama wool is stronger, softer and lighter than most sheep’s wool. Llama and alpaca wools are usually grown in very controlled environments without herbicides or a stressed environment and the animals are not dipped in pesticide baths. No chemicals, dyes or bleaches are used during the processing and this type of wool does not contain lanolin or grease.
Kookaburra Wool wash, a brand name wool wash, contains Lanolin to enhance the luster of the wool. It’s made in America and is EPA approved. The oil extracted from the leaves of the Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) is well known to be effective against dust mites, a cause of allergies for asthma sufferers, particularly infants. Tea Tree Oil is also noted for its general beneficial qualities, such as a natural fungicide and bacterial. In the healing of wounds and reduces skin irritation, it also helps a lot. Kookaburra Wool wash also works well for laundering bed linens & clothing for asthma sufferers, where dust mite feces are a critical matter.
Moth Myth and the Moth Whole Concern
The only drawback of choosing wool is its propensity to be eaten by a number of insects, including moth larvae and carpet beetles. Leaving huge holes, the myth has it that full-grown moths dine away on wool. Rather than the larvae obtaining the highly desirable protein food source of which the wool fibers are essentially comprised, the fact is full-grown moths are not responsible for the unpleasant holes.
A few preventatives to keep insects from attacking your wool garments, covers and blankets would be to thoroughly clean them and use deterrents when storing for an extended period of time. They are a good natural deterrent and wicker baskets are excellent containers when it comes to the cedar wood. But ideally, your wools should be placed into cotton bags and sealed in the quilted seat armrest, which allows the textile to breathe. As they encapsulate moisture and can lead to mildew and even mold, plastic bags and tight sealing bins are not a good idea.