Cleaning merino wool can be a daunting task, but it is important to follow the correct care instructions in order to prevent shrinkage or damage to the fabric. In this article, we will outline the proper way to clean merino wool so that you can keep your garments looking and feeling their best.
What is Merino Wool
Merino wool is a special type of wool that is known for being incredibly versatile and durable while remaining silky soft and comfortable. It can be used for a variety of purposes, including garments, blankets, and home accessories. Merino wool is also known for being fluffier and less itchy than other types of wool.
How to clean your wool garment
The best way to clean your merino wool garment is to hand wash it in cold water with a mild detergent designed specifically for wool. Wool is a gentle material and will not survive the washing machine will out breaking or being warped out of shape. Be sure to avoid using any kind of bleach, as this will damage the fabric.
Do not put your merino wool garment in the dryer, as this can cause shrinkage. Instead, once it has been hand-washed, lay it flat to dry in a cool, well-ventilated area.
You can also dry clean your garment, but be sure to use a cleaning solution that is specifically designed for wool fabrics.
What to do if you spill something on your merino wool garment
Firstly, don’t panic! Merino Wool can be saved but you will want to act quickly. Different stains will need different kinds of solutions but as a general rule the method for removing coffee from wool will work across a range of stains. Cleaning Merino Wool is a lot easier than people think.
What you will need is white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, a lint free cloth and an absorbent cloth.
The first step you will want to do prepare the stain removing solution. Take the white vinegar and rubbing alcohol and mix them in equal parts. It’s important to keep these two in balance with each other and you don’t want one over powering the other. The second step is to get a lint free cloth and soak it in the mixture. Then take the cloth and lightly dab the affected area. You don’t want to press too hard in this step as you don’t want to press the stain into the wool. Once the solution has been absorbed by the wool it is time to remove the lot. The last step is to get the absorbent cloth and firmly press into the stain. This time we are firmly pressing because the solution has had time to mix with the stain and now we want to remove the lot.
How to store and maintain Merino Wool garments
Storing and maintaining your Merino Wool garments can be tricky, but if done correctly, your clothes will look and feel like new for years to come. Here are a few tips to help you keep your wool garments in great condition:
– When not in use, store your wool garments in a breathable garment bag or box. This will help to prevent moth damage. Which is sadly common as moths absolutely love wool.
– If your garment gets wrinkled, steam it lightly with a hand-held steamer or iron on the lowest setting.
– Avoid hanging your wool garments, as this can cause them to stretch out of shape.
– Keep your wool garments away from direct sunlight, as this can cause fading.
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