Caring for wool
It's important to us that your blankets and cushions stay in perfect condition for as long as possible and if cared for properly there is no reason why they will not last a lifetime.
Here are some tips to keep you blankets and cushions in the best condition!
Keeping your blankets fresh:
Wool is naturally breathable which allows moisture to naturally dissipate. This means you can get away with washing it less than other fibres, and less washing prolongs the lifespan of the material and is also better for the planet. So before you try washing, have a go at letting your blanket hang outside for a couple of hours on a dry day to refresh your wool.
If your wool is stained in one place, try spot treating with a bit of wool soap. Wet the spot, then gently work the soap in the stained area. Remove soap and dirt with a cloth that does not leave lint behind. Instead of sponges and paper towels, try soft towels or an old pillowcase. Be sure to remove all soap by dampening the cloth and repeating the process.
Due to the quality of our merino wool and the close weave you will find that your blankets and cushions will pill less than is usual for wool pieces. However if you do find that pilling has occured then this can be easily taken care of with a depilling comb known as a bobble remover. Just move the comb over the area that has pilled to leave renewed yarns behind.
Hand Washing blankets:
Fill your sink or bathtub with lukewarm water (30ºC or less) and add some wool soap, which is a gentle laundry detergent specially made for washing wool and delicates. Mix it in well before adding your wool to the water. Submerge your wool into the soapy water, then let it soak for at least 10 minutes.
Next, give your wool a gentle swirl in the water and give any areas that need particular attention a gentle rub with your hands. Avoid rubbing the fabric together, like you might do when you hand wash other fabrics. Friction is the key thing to avoid with wool, as that is what causes shrinking and bobbling. Remove the wool and rinse twice with clean water.
Machine Washing blankets:
We cant guarantee that every machine will be able to wash our blankets without problems, but when we have tried ourselves and followed the following instructions then our blankets have turned out just fine! Always wash the blanket separately and add wool soap to the dispensing drawer rather than the drum. Run the “wool wash” if your machine has one under 30ºC (or 80ºF for our friends across the pond). If not, run a 30ºC or less cycle with the lowest possible spin cycle. You want to avoid friction as much as possible. If there is a stain, let wool soap sit on the spot for 10 minutes before washing.
The safest way to wash any wool textile is to have it dry cleaned and is the only way to wash our cushion covers to protect shrinking of the linen backing.
This is an important part of the process and need to be done carefully to avoid stretching the wool out of shape.Now, this is the bit where you need to take the most care. Press the water out of the wool gently, and lay your wool flat to dry. If possible and to speed things up a bit, lay it on clean dry towels and roll your garment up like a swiss roll in order to squeeze out the excess water. Unroll your wool, reshape if needed, and lay flat to dry.
The best way to store your blanket is to fold it in a breathable container, like a cotton storage bag in a dark and dry place. Clean your blanket before you store it to prevent moths. You can always put some natural moth repellent into the container with your blanket for extra protection.