Care of woollens
Wool is a fantastic fibre: warm, soft and sustainable. Looked after carefully and it can retain it's quality look for many years, but it is important to follow these few simple steps.
Wool as a fibre keeps itself clean naturally, expelling odours through moisture control, and is naturally stain and wrinkle resistant. This means you shouldn’t have to clean your wool items as often as other fabrics and you can simply air them out by laying flat on a bed or towel for an hour to dispel any lingering odours.
If you do need to wash, it is important to look at the care label and follow instructions. If it states dry clean only then please do so - there will be a reason for it!
Where washing is allowed, it is important to follow instructions and hand wash in cool water with a small amount of specialist wool wash. Wool is naturally coated in lanolin and it is important not to use too much detergent that would break this down. it is also important not to wash too hot as this will cause shrinkage.
Rinse fully a couple of times and then lay flat on a towel, roll it up and squeeze genly to absorb the excess moisture.
Do NOT tumble dry. This will cause shrinkage just as a hot wash would. Dry flat and air dry.
Modern central heating has created an epidemic of clothes moths so it is important to seal woollen items when stored. Make sure the item is clean (moth are more attracted to dirty items) and fully dry then seal in a bag . Keeping deterent sachets in the cupboard alongside like the Zarvis mothaway will help keep your woollens in tact.