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Loopy Ewes handcrafted british wool jumpers

Caring for wool

If cared for in the correct way, wool products can last a lifetime. 

Airing is caring

Because of its odour, stain and crease-resistant properties wool can practically take care of itself. The best way to keep your knitwear fresh is to let it's natural properties do the work. Air and rest for 24 hours between wears and only wash when it's really necessary.

When it really is time to wash

  • Hand wash is the safest option. Just fill a clean sink/bath (depending on the size of the garment) with cold water and soak the garment for 15 minutes. After soaking rinse the garment with clean water once or twice to remove any soap from the fabric. You can then spin the water out in the machine on a slow 600 spin.

  • You can wash in a washing machine on a wool wash at 30 degrees and a slow spin at 600 - individual machine wool wash settings vary so check your machine before using the wool programme. When selecting the wool programme, some machines automatically switch to the correct spin speed setting for wool, whilst others will require the spin speed to be set independently from the wool programme. As the yarn is not superwash it will felt if it is agitated and heated.

  • Using a non biological, bleach free wool wash detergent for a gentle clean and avoid using a fabric softener

  • Turn your wool clothes inside-out before washing

  • Dry flat to avoid over-stretching

  • Always dry away from any heat sources

  • Never tumble-dry woollens

Storing your woollens

  • Store folded in a cool, dry area - don't hang them

  • If packing away woollens during the summer, be sure to use vacuum packed storage bags to aid the prevention of moths

  • Lavender bags can be used to deter moths too

  • Wool naturally pills and they can easily be removed by hand. This should be done routinely after drying, or just prior to ironing.

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