Most people, when they hear that our tops are made from 100% merino wool, panic. They will ask but how do you wash merino wool? Oh it will shrink, I don’t have time to wash wool separately. It will get ruined. So I wanted to write a short blog post on the best way to care for your merino wool product. It’s easier than you might think. I’ve also added some tips on how to extend the life of your merino wool garment
How to wash merino wool garments
The first thing to note is that your merino top won’t actually need to be washed all that often. They are fairly stain resistant and can often just be spot washed in the sink.
When you do need to wash your top there are just a few golden rules.
· You just need to make sure it goes on a delicate or hand wash cycle in the machine no higher than 30 degrees.
· Line dry your merino, or lay it flat; merino wool dries really fast.
· NEVER tumble dry, your top will shrink.
How to extend the life of your merino wool garment
As well as the golden rules to get the best out of your top and ensure it lasts forever I also recommend the following:
· Don’t use fabric conditioner. While it won’t ruin the look and feel of the product it can reduce the merinos effectiveness at regulating temperature as it clogs up the wool fibres.
· Use a mild non-biological detergent where possible, I recommend NikWax products.
· Pilling will occur in all wool products over time. You can avoid pilling by handwashing or using the delicate cycle on your machine.
· Be careful with jewellery & zips etc as they can snag causing holes. If this happens just contact me and I will send you a free merino wool patch, or the hole can simply be stitched up.
If cared for properly there should be no signs of shrinkage. However, exposure to high temperatures will cause garments to shrink. Overall the benefits of merino wool clothing for children outweigh the time it takes to look after my products, some simple steps will ensure your product lasts a very long time.