7 ways to care for wool

27 May 2016

Learning how to care for wool clothing is simple. A resilient fibre, Merino wool naturally retains its as-new look and feel, and because wool resists stains, you get to keep your wool clothing for longer.

If you take care of your wool garments and wash them properly, you’ll be sure to keep wearing them for a long time. Irrespective of which method you use to wash wool clothes, it is recommended that garments are turned inside out before washing. It's also recommended to keep light and dark colours separate when washing wool and also when the garments are wet.

1. Empty pockets
Before storing or washing wool clothes, empty pockets and remove belts, jewellery and other accessories to avoid sagging and bulging. Store with closures zipped or buttoned.

2. Brushing
For woven wool garments only: Using a soft garment brush, brush garment lengthwise after wearing to remove surface soil that might become stains later on. Dust and dirt can dull the appearance of wool fabrics.

3. Airing
To remove cigarette or food odours, lay knitted wool garments flat on a bed or towel for an hour. Woven wool garments may be hung in fresh air on a suitable hanger.

4. Hang wovens, fold knits
Woven wool garments should be hung on shaped or padded coat hangers. Knitted garments should be gently folded and stored in drawers.

5. Resting
Rest wool garments for 24 hours before wearing again. This gives the natural resilience and spring in the wool fibre time to recover and return to its original shape.

6. Refreshing
Wool garments can be refreshed after unpacking or wearing by hanging them in a steamy bathroom. Moisture from the steam will remove wrinkles. This is particularly useful for refreshing wool suits with ease.

7. Dry away from direct sunlight or heat
If wool gets wet, dry the garment at room temperature away from direct sunlight or heat.