Merino wool is a luxurious and versatile fabric that has gained more and more popularity over the recent years for its softness, warmth, and breathability. Whether you have a merino wool sweater, scarf, or throw, proper care is essential to maintain its quality and prolong its lifespan, as these garments then serve you up to decades when correctly taken care of. In this article, we will guide you through the process of washing, drying, and storing your beloved merino wool items so that you can enjoy them for a long time.
How to Wash Merino Wool
Start by checking the care label for any specific instructions provided by the manufacturer; in most cases, it is recommended to hand wash merino wool garments in cool water using a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals, as they can cause discoloration and weaken the fibers. Gently agitate the garment in the water, ensuring that all areas are thoroughly cleaned. If you’re cleaning a larger merino wool item such as a knit Irish blanket from Keilys, you can wash it in the washing machine on gentle cycle and in cool water with some mild soap. After washing, rinse it with cool water to remove any soap residue. To remove excess water, avoid wringing or twisting the fabric, as it can cause stretching and distortion. Instead, gently squeeze out the water or roll the garment in a clean towel and press to absorb the moisture.
How to Dry Merino Wool
Air drying is the safest option to dry merino wool to prevent shrinkage or damage. Lay the garment or the throw flat on a clean, dry surface or a mesh drying rack and reshape it to its original form, smoothing out any wrinkles or folds. Avoid exposing merino wool to direct sunlight or heat sources, as they can cause fading or shrinkage, thus the garments can lose their original form. Allow the garment to air dry completely before storing or wearing it. Although this process may take some time, especially for thicker items like throws, patience is key to preserving the quality and shape of your merino wool pieces.
How to Store Merino Wool
Lastly, correctly storing merino wool is just as important as washing and drying it in order to ensure the longevity of the garments. Before storing, ensure that the garment is completely clean and dry to prevent the growth of mold or mildew. Folding is generally the preferred method for storing merino wool, as hanging can cause the fabric to stretch and lose its shape. Choose a cool, dry place to store your merino wool garments and throws and avoid storing them in plastic bags or airtight containers, as these can trap moisture and promote the growth of bacteria. Instead, opt for breathable storage bags or boxes. Additionally, you can also consider adding a natural moth repellent, such as cedar chips or lavender sachets, to protect your wool items from any potential damage.