How to Wash Wool Sweaters?

Throwing you newly bought cashmere sweater in washing machine will either end up making it look wrinkly or shrinking it by a good two or three sizes. So, if you really want to take care of your favourite sweater, take a look at these tips to find out how you can wash it correctly, so it will still look good as new.

Hand Wash

Since washing machines will not do, the best ways to wash your sweaters are by the hand washing method. Most sweaters also warn this on their back label as well. The friction inside the washing machine can turn your wool clothing to felt, which is a harder material. The soap and the heat can make it shrink. So, if you really use a washing machine your cosy and stylish swatter will turn into an uncomfortable thing that is too small for you to wear any longer. Also, wool does not need to be cleaned every time you wear it. So, when you really have to clean it, after a few times wearing it, then clean it by hand.

Use Cold Water

Soak the sweater in cold water for five to ten minutes. The reason for using cold water is because hot water or warm water can shrink the fabric. Add only a little amount of soap or detergent so that the material wont felt. For larger clothes, one tablespoon will be enough. Soaking it for a few minutes in cold water is necessary to prevent it from shrinking. When soaking, make sure the entire price of cloth is soaked and saturated in cold water.

Be Gentle

You cannot rush when washing wool clothes. Just as the friction of the washing machine can make it wrinkly, thorough squeezing and wringing also ruins it. Once you make sure the entire garment is saturated, remove it from the water and gently ball it and squeeze the excess water out. This is to prevent the cloth from stretching and loosing shape. Rinsing off the extra soap also has to be done in cold water. Simply fill a basin with cold water and immerse the garment till it is free of soap or detergent. Don’t try to twist it inside the water. Immerse it for two or three times in cold water and all the soap will be washed off.

Do Not Hang Dry

If you hand wet wool, it can stretch very quickly because of its weight. Once you remove it from the basin, hold it by the shoulders to let the excess water drain. Then, place a dry clean towel on the floor, and lay the wet garment on top of it. Roll the towel and the wet garment together, letting the towel soak up all the water. Squeeze it a few times gently so that the towel absorbs the water as muchas possible.

Lay Flat to Dry

Once you unroll the sweater-towel roll, lay it flat and pull it into shape. Trying to shape it before it’s still wet can mess up the size of it once again. Lay on another dry towel and smooth out the fabric to bring it back to the right shape. Do not use a tumble-dryer as this too can ruin the garment. Allow it to dry naturally for a few days.

Taking care of wool clothes needs patience as it takes a long time to clean them. But lengthy the long process, you will be able to use them for a long time.

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