Simple steps to maintain the quality of your knitwear.
Our Merino wool and Merino silk blends have been treated to prevent shrinkage, making them perfectly safe to machine wash. Before placing your garment in the washing machine, check that the care label has ‘machine washable’ written onto it. Wash your woollens inside out and be sure to use a mild wool detergent.
Pure lambswool knits should always be hand washed. Soak your knit for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly in lukewarm water, and then cold water. Always opt for an approved, mild wool detergent and follow the directions on the care label.
Wet wool stretches easily, so lay your hand-washed knit on a clean towel, and gently roll it up to draw the water out. Unfurl, reshape your knit and let it dry on a new towel away from sun to bring it back to its natural softness. Machine washed knitwear should be shaken, reshaped and laid flat to dry.
Knits should be gently folded and kept flat in drawers or on a shelf. Never store a knit on a hanger. When packing up winter woollens at the end of the season, make sure they are freshly washed before being placed in an airtight container.
Wool can lose its shape if incorrectly washed or stored. To recover the shape of a knit, place inside out in warm water with a small amount of detergent. Soak for 15 minutes then drain, gently pressing the water out of the garment. Arrange the knit flat on a towel and allow to air dry.
Turn knits inside out when washing and avoid excessive use of fabric softeners that can encourage fibres to pill. If pilling occurs, remove gently by hand, with a comb or opt for an electric depiller, which shaves off pills.
Treating your garment immediately can help prevent staining. Dab the area with a solvent-based stain remover like eucalyptus oil, applying small amounts at a time and working inwards to avoid spreading.
Rinse the treated area with cold water, then hand wash the knit and dry. Always try a patch test on the garment before attempting to remove a stain.
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