Merino wool makes a fabulous garment even better. Taking care of it so that it stays looking new can be a problem if you are not careful. Many wool items can be washed and worn, but those garments are usually made of a lesser grade of merino wool. The higher grades of wool need special care to keep your clothes looking their best.Keeping clothes pill-free
Pilling commonly occurs on a fabric when fibers that are worked loose by rubbing, form little balls. The pills don't fall off because they are held to the fabric by thin strads of fiber. Pilling can happen to clothes, blankets, and upholstery fabrics. However, wool and cashmere seem especially vulnerable.
This Cashmere Sweater Stone is the best tool on the market for removing pilling and balling on garments and fabrics. It works by cleanly detaching through the thin strands causing pills as they become entangled in its microcrystalline surface.
Washing By Hand
Washing fine merino wool clothing
by hand is always recommended. You can start by filling a basin that will be able to accommodate your garments comfortably with warm water and a mild and gentle soap. There are special wool washing fluids that are available that utilize cold water, so if you use one of these type products, be sure to read the label first. Submerge your garment in the water and let it soak for just three to five minutes, followed by rinsing in warm water.
Without twisting or wringing the garment, squeeze as much water as you can from it. A great way to absorb excess liquid is to roll the item in a thick, absorbent towel. You can then squeeze or wring the towel with a gentle touch. Once you unwrap it, you can lay it flat in order to dry lying on a new, dry towel.
If you dare, you can try to use the spin cycle on your washer to help you remove a heavily wet garment. Remember, do not put it on the rinse cycle; use the spin cycle only. Never put a fine merino wool garment into the dryer unless you plan to give it as a gift for a new baby afterward.Machine Washable
If you want to wash the familyís hats, scarves and gloves in the washing machine, be sure that you use the gentle cycle or if your machine has one, a cycle marked for knits. The regular cycle has too much agitation for merino wool products and can cause it to shrink. Check to be sure that the temperature is for warm water wash and rinse. Donít use your regular laundry detergent; use a milder soap made especially for this purpose. You can find quite a few selections for this when you visit the grocery store.Best Soap to Wash Your Merino Wool Apparel
If you donít want to spend your money on costly woolen wash products, you can always use Palmolive Liquid Detergent. If you decide that you will stick with the professionals and use a woolen wash product, then be sure you follow the instructions for use carefully. You donít want to use a soap with a high pH, look for a soap with a neutral pH for best results.
We usually recommend Le Blanc wool detergents
.If All Else Fails
If you are not comfortable with your ability to care for your merino wool clothing, you can always send it to the dry cleaners. Most merino wool apparel can be safely cleaned by a dry cleaner, but you must be careful because frequent exposure to the harsh chemicals used can damage the fabric and make the wool harsh, which sort of defeats the purpose of wearing merino wool clothing.