Merino wool fabric is known for being hardwearing and resilient, it has natural stretch and breath-ability that allows it to dissipate any moisture that may be absorbed.
However, your wool garment still requires some occasional care to keep it looking its best. Here are 7 tips to keep your wool clothing looking its best.
- Carefully read the “care label” on your garment. Unless specifically stated, hand washing, or a gentle machine wash, is by far the preferable cleaning method for wool.
- Hand washing is essentially a slow soak for ten minutes followed by rinsing in warm water. To get rid of excess water, roll your garment up in a towel and gently press to absorb. Then, using a fresh towel, lay your garment out flat, preferably in the sunshine. After machine-washing, gently shake and reshape and lay out flat to dry.
- If your garment is marked as Dry Clean Only. It must be taken to a professional dry cleaner to help retain your wool clothing’s as-new look and feel.
- Pilling can still occasionally occur with wool. Washing your clothes inside out will help prevent pilling from occurring and investing in an electric de-piller will help safely remove them.
- Always fold your woollen garment when storing. Hanging can cause stretching and lead to your garment losing its shape. If the only option is to hang, then buying hangers specifically designed to hang woollen clothing will help maintain their shape.
- Always aerate your clothes after wearing – this allows any moisture to evaporate, prevent odours and eliminate the need for excess washing or cleaning.
- If a hole occurs, fix it immediately as it will only get larger. Use a hooked needle or “knit-picker” to draw yarn from outside of the garment to the inside where it can be sewn in. Or, take it straight to a professional who can do it for you.
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