Everyone has a story about something that they accidentally shrunk or stained during the washing and drying process. When washing materials that require more care, like wool, issues are even more common. Here is everything you need to know about how to wash wool without damaging the garment.
In a Washing Machine
Many people who are concerned about how to wash wool assume that it requires a bunch of additional care and that they cannot use tools like a washing machine. However, there is nothing wrong with using a washing machine to wash your wool garments. When you do wash something containing wool, you should use the wool setting on your machine. Some machines do not have a wool setting. In that case, you should set your machine on the delicate cycle or a cold water cycle. Always use a mild detergent and dry your pieces flat.
When most people think about how to wash wool, they think about hand washing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with hand washing, even though some people prefer to wash their garments in a machine. If your garment says hand wash only, you also might not have a choice to preserve it. Start by turning the sweater or piece inside out. Next, use warm and clean water to wash the wool item. Just like with your washing machine, you should choose a detergent that is designed for use with wool or that is gentle. Depending on the level of soil that your garments have, you might want to soak for 10 to 15 minutes before you start the rinsing process. Always rinse with lukewarm water before finishing with cold water. Lay flat to dry.
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