For lifelong beauty and performance.
At the microscopic level, wool fibers overlap like shingles on a roof. This keeps dirt and moisture on the surface, where it can be simply brushed clean. Wool also has a protective layer that prevents many stains from being absorbed. If you should run into a spill, here are some tips to help make sure it won’t become a stain.
In general, check the label and try to treat stains as soon as possible. First dampen the area with cold water or seltzer, then blot dry with an absorbent clean cloth. Here are some more specific tips.
Butter, grease, or sauces
Fruit juice or red wine
Ink or ballpoint pen
Chocolate, white coffee, or tea
Lipstick or makeup
WASHING WOOL AT HOME
A quick hand wash is an excellent way to clean wool.
Follow these suggestions when laundering woolen garments labeled hand-washable.
- Wash in lukewarm or cold water using a mild soap or liquid detergent (which contains no bleach)
- Soak for 3-5 minutes, gently squeezing suds through without twisting or wringing the garment.
- Rinse twice in clean water that is the same temperature as the wash water.
- Gently squeeze out excess water and roll the garment in a towel to absorb excess water.
- Dry away from sunlight and direct heat.
MACHINE WASHING WOOL
Always check your label. Garments labeled as washable can go in the washing machine and may sometimes be tumble-dried without the worry of shrinkage.
For the best results:
- Set the machine for gentle action at a short cycle.
- Set the water temperature at cool or lukewarm.
- Use a mild soap or detergent that contains no bleach.
- If it’s the powdered variety, make sure it is completely dissolved.
CARE SYMBOLS FOR WOOL
The following is a list of the care labels used in care instructions for wool apparel.
Understanding these symbols will help you to care, protect, and extend the life of your wool products.
DO NOT WASH
Articles marked in this way must not be washed. They may be sensitive to any kind of wet treatment or be unsuitable for washing in a domestic washing machine because of their size.
VERY MILD WASH
40°C (104°F) OR 30°C (86°F)
This symbol suggests it’s best to use a cycle for wool or delicates that will reduce mechanical treatment. The drum should not be more than one-third full of laundry.
DO NOT BLEACH
The triangle with a diagonal cross indicates that bleaching is not allowed. Use only bleach-free detergent.
DO NOT TUMBLE DRY
Articles unsuitable for tumble drying.
Professional dry-cleaning only
MILD DRYING PROCESS
Use caution when tumble drying. Select mild process with reduced temperature and duration of treatment.
IRON AT MODERATE TEMPERATURE
Iron at max temp of 300° F or 150°C.
Corresponding to the “wool/silk/polyester/viscose” setting: iron under a moderately moist intermediate cloth. A steam iron can be used. Avoid heavy pressure.
This symbol suggests you hand wash at a water temperature between 30°C (86°F) and a maximum of 40°C (104°F).
- First dissolve a fine detergent in plenty of water.
- Allow the wool item to float in the solution and move it around carefully.
- Do not rub, pull or wring out.
- Immediately rinse the item well.
- Place between two towels and lightly press to remove excess water.
- Lay the garment out flat to dry in its original shape.