Many may have the impression that woolen clothing is difficult to wash. But it doesn’t need to be at all. As long as you know the most important laundry tips, you can easily and quickly clean your woolen clothing – without risk of it shrinking.
Are you nervous every time you wash wool, and do you live in fear of the day when your favorite sweater suddenly shrinks to a miniature size? Or do you avoid wool completely, because you have an idea that it is hard and time-consuming to wash?
There is absolutely no reason for that, because wool is nowhere near as hard to deal with as many think.
With these five pieces of advice, you can easily and safely wash your woolen clothing – without it shrinking, fading, or getting damaged.
1. WASH BY BAND OR ON WOOL SETTING AT LOW TEMPERATURE
The majority of the woolen clothing manufactured today, can easily handle going through the washing machine. It is important, however, that you use a special wool setting that washes the clothing gently at low temperature. If you buy woolen clothing from DILLING, we recommend that you wash the clothing at 30 degrees on wool setting. Of course, you can also wash your woolen clothing by hand, if you prefer. Just as with machine washing, it is here important that the water not be too warm. Furthermore, it is important that you wash and rinse the clothing at the same temperature. This is because wool cannot tolerate significant temperature fluctuations – otherwise it will shrink.
2. USE WOOL DETERGENT
Whether washing by hand or in the machine, you should use a detergent that is particularly intended for wool. This is because regular detergent contains enzymes that damage the wool. Wool detergent, on the other hand, is gentle and extends the life of the wool. For instance, you can purchase wool detergent
at DILLING. The detergent is free of perfumes and Nordic Swan-labeled, and suitable for both hand and machine wash. It is gentle on both the color and fibers of the woolen garments, thereby helping the clothing keep its original color and shape.
3. DO NOT SOAK WOOLEN CLOTHING
If you handwash your woolen clothing, it is important to remember that the clothing should not be left to soak. This ruins the wool. If you wash the clothing in the washing machine, you should ensure that it is hung up the moment it finishes washing, so it doesn’t sit in the machine wet.
4. DO NOR WRING YOUR WOOLEN CLOTHING
When you need to dry your woolen clothing, you can hang it up or place it on a drying rack. Although you may be tempted to wring all the water from the clothing first, but don’t do it. This is because it wears out the wool unnecessarily and stresses any seams.
5. LET THE WOOL CLEAN ITSELF
Wool actually has the great property of being self-cleaning. Furthermore, it is difficult for grease and dirt to stick to the wool fibers. Therefore, you do not need to wash your woolen clothing very often. If your woolen clothing starts to smell bad, try to hang it outside, so it is aired out thoroughly – that is often enough.