Winter season is all about coats, mufflers, sweaters and all the other woolen garments. It is often said that taking a good care of your woolen garments ensures that they last for a lifetime. And if you’re not careful you can shrink it easily.
Woolen garments can easily lose its shape and become less defined if washed without care, and worst of all, it can shrink on you, becoming quite a few sizes smaller. Just like any other fabric, woolens too require special care and handling. Here are some tips on how you can take care of your woolen garments:
- Always check the label on wool garments before washing. If the label says “dry clean only,” do not attempt to wash by hand.
- Never wash wool sweaters in hot water, and never put them in a washing machine or dryer. Hang only on padded hangers. They retain their shape best if folded.
- Use a garment brush to remove dirt and other substances from your woolen sweater. Move the brush lengthwise along the sweater before and after each use. If your sweater has ultra fine nap, instead of using a brush, use clean damp cotton cloth.
- If you get your woolen sweater stained, treat it with immediate effect or else it may be absorbed in and will be difficult to remove later.
- There are certain wool which change shape when washed. So in order to maintain their shape and size make a stencil on the sweaters original shape. Use a piece of poster board to create the stencil. You can use this stencil while drying your woolen wear so that they maintain and retain their shape.
- The detergent that you use to wash your woolen sweaters and cardigans needs to be soft and delicate. So make sure you read the pack before using it for your woolens.
- Rinse the sweater thoroughly with cool water to remove all the detergent. Squeeze your woolens gently without harming the fabric and shape.
- Place your sweater on a thick dry towel and roll it up so that the towel soaks the access water.
- If your sweater doesn’t have finer nap, brush them thoroughly after washing & drying.
- Store in an airtight bag or container in a cool, dry place. You may also hang wool sweaters on padded hangers in zip-up garment bags, if necessary.