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How to Properly Care for Wool

Written by: Rebecca Shires | October 19, 2017.

Wool is a perfect material for the winter. Known for it insulating properties, it can be one of the warmest choices for the colder months. However, many people give it a miss because of the stigma surrounding caring for wool garments, but, it is not as difficult as you may think. Keeping in mind a few rules, wool could easily become your winter go to.

The first thing to know before you wash any wool garment is to turn it inside out before washing to ensure it looking new every time. For woven fabrics, it is also recommended to brush any excess dust or dirt off the surface of the fabric to prevent any staining.

Wool garments can also very easily be stretched out of shape, so make sure to empty pockets and remove any pins that are attached before washing.

After each wash, wool garments should be dried on a flat surface, with buttons done up to make sure the fabric dries in its natural shape. Do not put in the dryer.

Alternatively, you can also roll any wet items in a towel to remove any excess water.

Wool fabrics fall into two categories. Woven and knitted. Knowing the difference between the two is essential for storing your garments. Woven items tend to crease but do not stretch easily.

It is recommended to use a padded or structured clothes hanger for woven garments, small wired ones may cause the garment to become misshapen.

Knitted items are the opposite, they are harder to crease, but are prone to stretching out of shape. Folding or rolling knitted garments is the best option to keep your clothes looking fresh and new.

For both knitted and woven items, make sure any buttons are done up before storage to make sure the shape is kept as pristine as possible.

If a garment becomes creased for any reason, simply hang or place in a steamy bathroom, away from direct heat or light. Some irons may have a wool setting which you can use but make sure not to iron when the wool is dry.

For coats, it is not recommended to wash too frequently, and to take it to a dry cleaner. However, for simple stains, make sure to dab them out of the fabric with a mild detergent rather than scrub, and again, dry flat.

Similar steps to regular garments for removing creases can be taken for coats by hanging them in your shower room.

Keeping these tips in mind, wool suddenly becomes a much less scary fabric to work with, and definitely one everyone should be rocking this winter.

Written by Lottie King

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