Looking after your wool sweaters
How to look after your wool sweaters ?
Some garments such as those made of wool - sheep, cashmere and alpaca- require extra care. How do you keep them looking good after the first time you wear them? This is an important question and the good news is that we have an answer for you.
Follow our advice and you’ll extend the life of your clothes and hence the longevity of your carefully curated style.
Frequency of washing
Firstly, know that your sweaters should not be washed very often. You wear a sweater over a t-shirt or another shirt, and its these that are closer to the skin and should therefore be washed more frequently.
The ideal frequency is to wash your sweater once at the end of the season, before storing it carefully until next winter. When washing is unavoidable, because of a stain for example, try first to remove the problem manually. A pilling comb easily removes the loose fibres on the surface of wool and may take away the problem.
It’s a crucial step and when it needs to be done, it needs to be done. Contrary to what you might think, it is absolutely possible to wash wool in the washing machine. We recommend this over hand washing, which can often lead to broken fibres and deformed garments. Modern washing machines have wool wash programs which treat the fabric delicately. We always put our wool garments in a net bag before machine washing to further protect them.
Choose the appropriate program on the machine – this is always low temperature (20-30° max) and don’t be afraid to spin it dry. Again, contrary to popular belief, it’s the slow spinning that can cause felting and pilling of the wool. Also, stagnant water can remain in the machine drum after a slow spin, and can damage it. We recommend a spin cycle of at least 1000 rpm.
One additional tip, consider using baby shampoo instead of your usual laundry detergent. This is an obvious extra delicacy for sensitive clothing.
Do not machine dry. This is an unbreakable rule for wool. Your sweater must dry naturally so that it does not distort. Wool is by nature a fluffy material and it needs air to regain its natural lightness.
Dry your sweater flat to prevent it distorting from the weight of any residual water.
Consider placing a square of cotton fabric underneath it whilst its drying; this will soak up the moisture that remains in the stitches.
Avoid heat sources to prevent shrinkage.
Your sweater should take a few hours to dry in this way.
Before you go, see Drimi.men’s selection of sweaters for inspiration.
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