However, in order to be passed on from generation to generation, you need to understand how to care for them.
It has been proven that wool clothing requires less maintenance than other fibres. Wool has a natural resistance to odours and stains, so you might as well take advantage of it!
Space your washes as far apart as possible. It may sound strange, but before washing your favourite jumper, remember to air out your knitwear. Lay your garment flat on a towel. If possible in the fresh air for an hour. This will remove any unpleasant odours.
Personally, I wash my knitted jumpers (made of natural materials) once a year to refresh them. Unless there is a stain!
I always advise hand washing, which is less aggressive for the fibre.
If you are not comfortable, give your piece to dry cleaning.
- Do not soak your jumper in water.
It will take a long time to dry and may become deformed with the weight.
- Use a special wool detergent and avoid fabric softeners.
The lubricating action of fabric softeners makes it easier for the fibres to move and increases the risk of pilling.
- Use temperate water.
Wool doesn't like hot or cold.
If you have to machine wash, use a short wool programme.
If possible, use a cold wash in summer or set your machine to 20° in winter (as the water comes cold through your pipes).
Lower the number of drum revolutions to 600-800/turn instead of the usual 1200/turn.
Let your favourite piece dry in the open air.
Lay your jumper on a flat towel in a room at ambient temperature and away from direct sunlight. This will prevent it from deforming and will restore its original shape.
Of course, we recommend that you do not use a tumble dryer.
If you need to smooth out your jumper after spending the summer in your wardrobe.
You can lay it flat on a towel in a moist bathroom. The moisture from the steam will remove any wrinkles.
24 hours of rest :
Resist the temptation to wear your favourite jumper for two days in a row, but instead leave it out for 24 hours. This gives it natural strength, reduces the risk of pilling and allows the fibre time to recover and regain its original shape.
Fold your knitwear :
This is a golden rule for all your knitted garments. Do not hang them on a hanger whether they are dry or wet. This relaxes the fibre and distorts your jumper.
Knitted garments should be folded gently.
Empty your pockets :
Before storing your jumper, empty your pockets, remove any belts or jewellery, close the buttons and pull up the zips.