The softest cashmere, the coziest lambswool, the comfiest cotton and the finest silks… at WoolOvers we believe in doing it naturally. Natural knitwear will look great and last for seasons to come – but it needs the same tender loving care that we put into designing and making it. There are several things you should know beforehand.
Most of our knitwear is machine washable. It is actually preferable to hand-washing as excessive wringing and squeezing can pull your knitwear out of shape. If you do pull it out of shape, machine wash it on a delicates cycle and it should spring back into shape (wool has a memory, unlike synthetics). If you have a separate spin cycle, turn it down to 600 rpm or less to avoid stretching.
Modern biological detergents contain enzymes that digest natural fibers. They will literally eat your clothes! Even non-biological products contain bleaching agents. The bleach will cause your clothes to lose colour, lose shape – and even holes may appear. Always use ‘Delicates’ detergent. Look for brands such as Dreft, Persil Silk &Wool, Woolite Silk, Ecover delicates or our own Wool Wash.
Any moisture in the garment will literally boil. The equivalent of washing at 60 degrees (and the results will be the same!) And never tumble dry. A sturdy airer or a broad stair handrail is ideal – or dry flat on a towel. Don’t forget to turn it inside out.
There are many natural products (like rosemary) that you can buy to repel the pesky critters. Some customers store their knitwear in the poly bag it arrives in to keep them at bay.
Most wools will pill to some degree. The shorter fibers of the natural yarn make their way to the top with initial wear and roll into little balls (pills.) A bit like a new wool carpet sheds a bit of hair to start. They will naturally disappear with washing and wear. Until then, you can use a pilling comb or safety razor to gently remove them. Acrylic and polyester don’t pill. It’s a sign of their man-made nature. The softest yarns often shed the most – such as cashmere.
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