Woollen items are a staple of most of our Autumn/Winter wardrobes and can be quite an investment, so it’s important to ensure you care and store yours correctly.
Washing Your Woolies…
This may sound obvious but before assuming your knitwear is suitable for a machine wash, check the label; some items will be hand wash only.
If you do need to hand wash, ensure you turn the item inside out and use cool water with a gentle, hand wash detergent. Leaving them to soak for 5-10 minutes is ideal and try not to pull or rub the item as this can lead to it becoming misshapen.
To dry we recommend re-shaping and then lying your wool item out on a clean towel before gently rolling it up in the towel to remove any excess moisture. Once done dry the item on a flat rack.
If your woolies can be put in the washing machine we would advise:
* Never washing above 30 degrees
* Use the ‘wool’, ‘gentle’ or ‘delicate’ cycle
* Put items in a washable laundry bag to ensure they don’t get stretched or misshapen
* NEVER put woolies in the tumble dryer (unless you want them to come out several sizes smaller!)
Storing Your Woolies…
Try to avoid hanging your woolies. Folding and storing items you’re not wearing flat is ideal. If you have room, fold in half and lay arms flat across the body instead of folding too much. The less folding, the less wrinkles.
Keep Bobbles At Bay
Unfortunately, woolen items do have a tendency to bobble, but have no fear, there is a solution! You can buy clever little de-bobbling machines which whirl off the pills. You can also use a disposable razor and gently glide on the surface to remove bobbles/pills. Some packing tape rolled over will also get rid of any tiny bobbly bits.
The key is to stay on top of them before they get too big or too many, so give your woollen item the once-over each time to wear it.
If you are looking for more inspiration about how to take care of your wardrobe, contact us for one of our Style Consultations
Pests and things...
Ensure moths don’t nibble at your prized cashmere by only putting away clean items; moths feed off sweat and stains. To help with this further wear a layer between your skin and your woollen item to ‘catch’ any perspiration.
Moth deterrents can be purchased from natural stores and do a great job of keeping them at bay too. Lavender, Cloves, Mint and Cedar work wonders. Avoid chemical "moth balls" which not only smell awful, they are bad for you too!