It’s essential to read and follow the care instructions provided. In general, handwashing or using a gentle machine wash cycle with cold water is recommended. Avoid using hot water as it can cause shrinkage. Use a mild detergent specifically designed for wool or a gentle, pH-neutral detergent.
After washing, avoid wringing or twisting the woolen items, as it can distort their shape. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water and lay them flat on a clean towel to dry. Avoid direct sunlight and heat sources like radiators, as they can damage the fibers. Reshape the item while damp to retain its original form.
Clean the woolen items before storing them to prevent attracting moths and other pests. Make sure they are completely dry, as moisture can lead to mold or mildew. Fold the items neatly and store them in a cool, well-ventilated area in a dust bag.
Woolen products may develop small balls of fiber called pills over time. To remove them, use a pilling comb. Gently glide the tool over the fabric to remove the pills without damaging the garment. Avoid pulling or tugging forcefully, as it can cause damage.
If your woolen item gets wrinkled, use a steamer to remove the wrinkles. Hold the steamer a few inches away from the fabric and steam lightly. Alternatively, you can hang the item in a steamy bathroom for a short period to allow the wrinkles to relax.
Treat stains promptly to prevent them from setting. Blot the stain gently with a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb any liquid. Avoid rubbing the stain vigorously, as it can push it deeper into the fibers. Use a stain remover suitable for wool or try a mild solution of water and detergent. Test the stain remover on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t cause any discoloration.
By following these maintenance tips, you can extend the lifespan of your woolen products and keep them in excellent condition for years to come.