- GOTS Organic Wool Puddle Pad
- GOTS Organic Twill
A puddle pad and ticking combined into one. This ticking enables all the convenience of moisture protection, right where you need it, on the top. The needle felted wool is sewn with a four-sided separating zipper so the wool layer can completely zip off for hand washing, leaving the sides of the ticking still on your mattress. There is no need to move your heavy layers of latex to wash this ticking since the top layer is easily accessible.
This mattress case is less expensive and certainly more convenient than buying a puddle pad and ticking separately.
This wool felt is the same material as in our puddle pads. Because the wool fibers have been twisted around each other so tightly in the needle punching process, this felt will stop most spills. Water beading on top will even resist being rubbed in.
The GOTS twill is strong and sturdy. It will have more strength than the Knit Ticking but less than the Quilted Ticking. It is the same fabric we use in our Twill Ticking, ideal for encasing our wool flake in your DIY wool mattresses.
Because of the nature of wool felt being felted and not woven like our wool blankets or any fabric, this ticking is recommended for children instead of adults as an adult’s weight affects it more directly than does a child’s weight.
Since this ticking features wool felt as its top layer, it also serves to bring wool closer to the body. To read more about the properties of wool, read Characteristics of Wool.
This wool felt is about 1 lb. of wool per square yard of fabric.
Custom sizes not available.
Should your wool puddle pad become soiled and need to be washed, you may HAND WASH it gently. Vinegar or hydrogen peroxide may also be used for sanitizing or spot cleaning.
Shrinking is caused in part by the rubbing of the fibers against each other. As the fibers are rubbed against each other, they intertwine, shortening the length of the wool fiber. Avoid over agitating the wool. Avoid using soap unless necessary. Strong soaps will raise the PH of the wool and cause it to felt easily. Drastic heat changes in the water will also cause the wool to felt.
- Let your wool felt float, submerged in a tub full of tepid water.
- Push it down and around until no bubbles appear.
- Let it sit. As it sits, you will see the dust being released and floating on the surface of the water. If you choose to choose a soap, use a wool soap such as Eucalan.
- Drain water and gently squeeze out water of wool.
- Fill tub again to rinse. Rinse by letting it sit again for half an hour.
- Squeeze and rinse again if necessary.
- Drain water and press out the extra water in the felt. You may use the centrifugal force of the spin cycle in your washing machine to wring extra water out.
- Hang up or ideally lay flat to dry in the sun to dry. Sunlight is a natural sanitizer. Do not use an automatic dryer as it will mat the wool.
After it has dried for a day or so, you should have a fresh smelling wool puddle pad ready to use.
While the wool felt is pretty stable, it can be shrunk and warped out of size fairly easily. Here are two pictures of a 16″ x 16″ piece I threw in my top loading washing machine. Granted, the machine had an excellent agitator, however I did not use any soap or dry the piece in the dryer.