Merino wool is naturally stain and odor restsiant. Yay! Still, tending to stains immediately after the fact can greatly increase the chance of full stain removal.
For coloured foods, spot clean stains immediately by rinsing under warm water, then gently rub a laundry bar or other non-coloured soap into the stain and rinse. Stains should lift pretty easily and quickly from wool.
If stains are treatable with spot cleaning only, then avoid putting through a wash cycle if possible.
We recommend using a gentle, eco friendly wool wash liquid detergent for washing wool garments or you could try soap berries as a 100% natural alternative.
Our number one secret weapon for stains and even washing garments while travelling or camping is this laundry bar.
The number one wool tip is not to overwash. It's best to hang up wool garments in a well ventilated are between wearing and not to wear them consecutive days, allowing the wool to bounce back to shape and have time to breathe between wears. The great news is wool is odour resistant and due to thermal regulating properties, shouldn't make you sweat as much as other fibres when warm.
Washing on cold is the number one way to preserve the life of your clothes. We recommend hand washing or gentle machine washing in a delicates bag.
We highly recommend drying your wool clothes either flat on a towel or on a rail. Wool can shrink if placed in a tumbler dryer, so always let wool pieces air dry.
Once clothes come out of the washing machine, gently shake out and place on a towel or hang to dry as normal. For extra delicate knitwear, dry flat for best results.
Ironing + Steaming
Wool is naturally wrinkle resistant, so avoid the iron whenever necessary/ However, when required wool can withstand gentle steaming and ironing. We recommend moving promptly over the material and using plenty of steam rather than increased heat. Don't hold a hot iron or steamer in one place for extended periods to prevent fibres burning or marking.
Believe it or not, the way a garment is stored can impact its longevity. Wool garments shouldn't be washed too often, so it's important to hang and ventilate wool pieces to allow them to self clean before storing them. You can ventilate a garment by hanging it on a wide hanger in an airy room, or even a bathroom while showering to allow steam to speed things up. Moths and other pests are attracted to wool more-so than other fibres, and may attack improperly stored or dirty garments.
After ventilation, we recommend wrapping wool garments in tissue paper and placing them into a Tupperware container or a heavy cotton garment bag.
Wear and Care for Wool.