Many of us are afraid to think about washing wool garments, since this is one of the most delicate fabrics that exist. However, it is a fairly simple process for which you will only have to take into account some fundamental care that will help you to leave your clothes as new without danger of damaging them.
How to wash wool in the washing machine
Although many people still believe that it is not recommended, washing wool in the washing machine is completely normal and safe as long as certain steps are followed. Here we share with you everything you need to know:
- Fasten, button and close all buttons and / or zippers of the garment. This will prevent the part from tangling or twisting too much during washing.
- Remove the additional accessories that the garment may have: belts, pendants, additional pockets, etc.
- Select the special wash cycle for wool. In case your washing machine does not have it, you can choose a cycle for delicate clothes .
- Make sure that the wash program you have chosen has a short spin cycle and that the water temperature is below 30 degrees .
- Put the clothes in the washing machine and add the special detergent for wool or delicate garments. Never abuse the fabric softener, limit its use.
- Once the cycle is finished, take the part out and lay it out on a flat surface to dry. Never hang it up, as the fabric would stretch and could become deformed.
You don’t need to wash a single piece in the washing machine; accumulate clothes of the same fabric and take the opportunity to wash them at the same time, as this will also prevent the clothes from turning too many times. To know how to wash washes in the washing machine, you should also take into account that hot water shrinks the fabric and that long spin cycles cause those nasty little fabric balls in the pieces, so follow the instructions on the label of each garment.
How to wash wool by hand
If you are not sure how to wash wool and that it does not spoil in the washing machine, we recommend this other option. As with machine washing, you should be careful with the water temperature and always treat the garment with great care. Follow these instructions to learn how to wash wool by hand:
- Fill a large bucket with warm or cold water, never hot so that the clothes do not shrink. If the garment is very large, you can use the sink or bathtub.
- Pour in the necessary amount of soap according to the instructions on the product. Remember that this should be for wool or delicate pieces. If you can’t find instructions, keep in mind that a splash of soap will be necessary.
- Submerge the clothes completely and let them soak for 5-10 minutes to allow the detergent to penetrate the fabric.
- After time, shake the garment to clean it . Never rub it, as you could damage the wool.
- Take the clothes out of the bucket and squeeze them, squeezing each part of the fabric but not twisting it.
- Empty the water from the bucket and add clean water without detergent. Re-immerse the piece and let it soak for 5 minutes so that all the soap comes out. You can take the garment in and out a couple of times to rinse it well.
- Squeeze the garment again as we have indicated before and spread it out on a dry towel to remove the water completely. Roll the cloth from one end to the other and squeeze it so that it absorbs all the moisture.
- When you’ve removed the water, spread the garment out on a flat surface and let it dry. Do not hang it or place it directly in the sun.
How to dry wool garments
“Can I tumble dry wool items?” The answer is: it depends. If you have a less aggressive dryer and specific programs for delicate garments, you can put your wool clothes there without problems. This is important because many dryers have very hot air, which can easily damage wool.
So, if you have a dryer with drying programs for wool garments at your disposal , you don’t have to worry about a thing. Your clothes will dry cold (or with a low temperature) and the machine will adapt its movements to each type of garment so as not to damage the fabric.
You don’t have specific dryers and are you afraid of damaging your clothes? In this case, from UNCOMO we recommend you use the advice we have given you previously. Drain your clothes by hand and wrap them in a towel carefully to remove excess water. Then let them dry on a flat surface and never hang them … this is, without a doubt, the safest and most effective method .
How to wash wool and prevent it from shrinking – other tips
One of the benefits of wool garments is that they do not require as deep a cleaning as other fabrics. In fact, it is often enough to air the part or clean the dirtiest and most exposed parts. Here are some tips that you should keep in mind if you want to know how to wash wool and not shrink it.
- Remove individual stains : if you have found a stain in a specific area of the piece, it may not be necessary to wash it in its entirety. With the help of a cloth soaked in detergent, soak the dirty part. Don’t scrub the cloth, just pat the garment wet. Use a soft bristle brush to remove the stain, then use another cloth dampened with water to remove the soap. Let it dry on a flat surface.
- Avoid ironing wool : in case you have no other option and want to iron wool clothes, you will have to make sure that your iron has a specific option for these fabrics. If you don’t have it, you can bet on a very low temperature and no steam.
- Store wool clothing well : Storing wool clothing is as important as washing or drying it well. There are many people who store it improperly and end up unconsciously deforming the pieces, so to preserve your clothes well, make sure they are completely dry. Moisture could spoil them, so don’t store them while they’re still wet. It is better to fold your clothes than to hang them, as the hanger could end up marking their shape.