Wool Week: This is how to safely wash your woollens

There’s a definite chill in the air, which means it’s time to dig out all those cozy sweaters and cardigans. And there’s no better time, seeing as October 7th kicks off the Campaign for Wool’s annual Wool Week. The campaign (whose patron is HRH The Prince of Wales) aims to highlight the benefits of using wool, particularly as a planet-friendly alternative to man-made fibers. Although there are many great reasons to wear wool, the idea of taking care of it can be a bit daunting as it is prone to shrinking or becoming misshapen. But worry not, we’ve put together a guide on how to wash your woollens safely, helping you take care of them for longer.

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BEFORE WASHING

> Wash wool less often – it is self-regulating and doesn’t need washing regularly

> Try to spot-clean where possible by blotting with a damp cloth

> Always read the care label

 

MACHINE WASHING

> Set the washing machine to a wool cycle on a cool temperature

> Use a gentle, specialist wool laundry detergent

> Add the laundry detergent to the tray rather than the drum

> For extra delicate pieces, use a mesh laundry bag to protect them from the drum

> Don’t overload the machine

> Don’t use any bleach

> If in doubt, hand wash in cold water

 

AFTER WASHING

> Never machine dry wool

> Gently reshape the garment while wet so it doesn’t dry twisted

> Let the garment dry flat

> Always fold your woollens when storing as hanging can cause drooping and misshaping

 

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