Wool is tricky to wash. It can seemingly shrink at the mere sight of a washing machine, and sometimes comes out of the wash feeling stiff and itchy. Jennifer Wells, co-founder and co-creative director of Line Knitwear, tells us everything we need to know about properly caring for our wool knits.
How to clean/wash it:
1. Fill a sink or basin with lukewarm to cool water (not too warm or hot to avoid shrinkage!). Use a mild detergent or baby shampoo.
2. Soak your sweater for approximately 10 minutes and squeeze out excess water. Be careful not to wring or rub the fabric too much.
3. Roll the sweater in a clean towel to remove excess moisture, and lay flat to dry on a drying rack or dry towel. I don’t recommend using a hanger, as it will distort the shape of the garment.
4. Finish by using a garment steamer to remove any wrinkles and help restore the shape.
How to store it:
1. Wool knits should always be folded, as hanging will often distort the shape.
2. In the summer months, pack away your knits in sealed bins to maintain their shape from season to season.
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