Woolens are a must-have especially during the colder seasons, and some even prefer them during the other seasons. Woolens are highly prolific and versatile which makes them perfect for all types of garments, whether exterior or interior. They are non-allergenic, soft and comfortable, and also can regulate the temperature accordingly to keep the body cool. You can wear woolens in various forms like sweaters, jackets, caps, gloves, cardigans, etc.; however, it has been seen that if there is a lack of proper care, then these garments can lose their shine and feel. They can also lose their shape and can become either loose or tight in its size. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the woolens are washed and taken care of in a particular way.
How to wash
Before washing the woolens, it is important to read what is written on the print slip of the sweater or garment; that is, whether it is to be hand-washed, machine washed or needs to be dry cleaned. In case of dry cleaning, simply find a professional dry cleaner to handle it for you. However, in the case of machine and hand washing, be careful not to damage the fabric.
- Machine washing
With machine washing, choose soft cleaning options and shorter cycles and also set the water temperature at low. Add the liquid or powdered detergent specifically for the woolens and mix it thoroughly before adding the garments. Make it a point to flip the clothes inside out before dipping them in the washer. Run shorter cycles and then tumble dry them in the dryer (if permitted). Make sure to dry them in the shade and do not hang them vertically to avoid misshapen woolens.
- Hand washing
If hand washing, make sure there is no added force to remove the grime. The brute force used can lead to damage of the woolens and the fibers that can make them rough and scratchy over time. Fill the bucket and use warm water and liquid detergent for washing. Soak the woolens for a few minutes and then gently rub and squeeze them before rinsing them with water. Rinse the clothes once or twice with cold water to remove the soap and then squeeze the water out of them. Dry them horizontally and in the shade as well to avoid damaging the woolens by the harsh sunlight.
Ironing and storing
Not all woolens can be ironed so read the label before choosing to do so. If they can be ironed, then set the iron temperature at a woolen favorable setting. Lay the woolen down and put a thin cloth over it to add some protection for the fiber. Gently iron the garment without being too heavy on it. After ironing, fold the woolens loosely and make sure not to hang them with other clothes. Lay them on the shelf and add moth balls to avoid any damage from insects. Do not restrict air from passing or it will make the woolens smelly over time.