Taking care of winter woolens
In the season of cooler temperatures, many of us are wrapping up in woolen jerseys and blankets. That means more woolen items going into the washing machine.
If you’re not sure about the best way to wash your woolens to keep them looking good and make sure they last, take a look at these tips:
1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions
There are many different types of wool garments, and quality varies – so read the label on the item and use the recommended washing and ironing settings
2. Choose the right laundry care
Not all products are designed specially for woolen items and other delicate fibres. But our Delicates and Wool Wash is – it cleans wool like merino, as well as other delicate clothing, and can be used for hand washing and machine washing in top or front loaders.
3. Gently does it
Selecting the delicate setting on your washing machine is important to give your woolens a longer life – and if you’re handwashing, try not to rub the wool fibres together for stain removal. It’s also a good idea to soak woolens in cold water before you wash them, but try to place them in a full sink instead of running water directly onto the garment.
4. Cut down on the number of washes
Woolen items don’t need to be washed as much as clothes made from materials like cotton, because it doesn’t absorb stains as readily. If there is a stain, see if you can brush or dab it out rather than putting the item in the washing machine.
5. Turn down the heat
Putting your woolen clothing in the drier can damage the fibres, and so can drying them in direct sunlight on the washing line. Why not try lying woolens on a clothes airer? And if your woolens need ironing, use a cool setting.