HOW TO CARE FOR WOOLLEN GARMENTS
Washing woollen garments will not kill moth larvae or moth eggs unless the garments are washed at a temperature of 60 degrees centigrade or above. Only dry cleaning or placing woollen garments in a freezer for 72 hours or more will do it.
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Hand Washing Wool
Most woollen garments and blankets require hand washing, although be sure to check your permanent care label to see whether the item is ‘dry clean only’. Use a mild detergent or a specialist woollen laundry liquid. Agitate the detergent and ensure the item is thoroughly exposed to the solution through gently squeezing it through the washing stage. Loss of dyes at this stage may occur, especially in new garments, until the item has been washed a few times and the excess dye removed.
Do not be too rough in the wash to avoid distorting the shape of woollen clothes. Rinse several times in cool to lukewarm water to ensure the detergent is fully removed before the drying stage. To dry, it is recommended that woollen clothing is rolled in a towel and gently pressed to remove initial quantities of water before then laying flat and shaping on a clean towel to dry fully.
Woollen clothes should hold their shape well because of the natural elasticity in the fibres. Avoid direct heat and tumble dryers.