Care of WeatherWool
Care of WeatherWool
Occasional brushing with a stiff garment natural brush in the direction of the nap (downwards) will remove surface debris and freshen the fabric, removing occasional pilling. Treat problem areas as soon as possible.
Of course you can dry clean our garments. But people have been using and cleaning wool garments for thousands of years before the invention of “dry cleaning.” Wool is naturally self-cleaning. It is also naturally anti-static, resisting dirt and dust.
The Wool Institute recommends always washing and rinsing wool in the same temperature water.
- Hand wash in cool wash, cool rinse or warm wash, warm rinse.
- Use gentle detergent, wool wash, or baking soda
- Let garment get totally wet. Swish garment around
- Let garment sit in soapy water for about 10 minutes
- Remove garment from soapy water and press excess water out
- Rinse the remaining soap out of garment with clean cool water bath
- Repeat wash/rinse process if necessary
- Block (firmly tug at garment to reshape and resize)
- Air dry flat
- To speed up the drying time, you can lay your garment on a large towel and roll into a tight cylinder. Press out water onto the towel.
- Do not wring out garment, which may mis-shape garment. You can measure your clothing or trace the outline on paper to make sure you block (hand stretch firmly) your garment to desired sizing.
Food, Beer, White Wine, Urine, Vomit – Remove as much as possible with blunt edge. Gently dab spot with carbonated water and white rag, moving to the center of the stain. Place towel under area. Repeat as necessary. If this is not satisfactory make a solution of white vinegar, wool soap (or liquid dish soap or baby shampoo) and lukewarm water. Soak cloth in solution and blot from outside in. Rinse area with clear water.
Blood – Dab with cold water cloth to remove as much as possible of the stain, then dab with white vinegar and let sit a few minutes. Dab with absorbent pad until clean.
Grease/Butter, Make-up, Oil, Wax – Sprinkle oily stain with cornstarch. Remove excess with blunt edge. Dab with dry-cleaning fluid until clean.
Grass -- Use mild bar soap or flakes mixed with lukewarm water. Dab with saturated clean cloth until clean.
Mud – Allow to dry and then brush off dirt. Sponge with cold soapy water.
Red Wine – Dab with cold water.
Store your wool in airtight containers or garment bags. You can put cedar chips, moth balls or lavender in the containers if you like the smell. Don't let mothballs contact the wool directly.
Dry cleaning will kill any larvae or eggs hidden in fabrics. Another way to kill moths, eggs and larvae is to put the garment in a plastic bag or airtight container and then into a deep freezer (0F / -18C or colder) for at least three days. Follow up the freezer treatment with storage in an airtight container with cedar chips.
Any time you store wool be sure that garment is totally dry and clean.