- With wool it is vital that you always read carefully the washing instructions that come with the garment. These are usually found on a label inside the garment or on a ticket attached to the outside. They will vary depending on the type of wool product purchased. Some require hand washing or dry cleaning only; others will tolerate machine washing and tumble drying.
- Always empty any pockets after use otherwise they could end up bulging or sagging.
- Gently brush any surface soil that might become a permanent stain later on. Dust and dirt can dull the appearance of fine wool fabrics.
- Treat stains immediately – Rinse small stains with cold water, seltzer and blot dry with a clean cloth, never with paper towels. For more serious stains a specialist proprietary cleaner should be used, taking care to follow the instructions.
- Dry away from heat – If a woollen garment gets wet, dry it immediately away from direct heat and never in front of a fire, on a radiator or in strong sunlight. Do not tumble dry the garment unless the label says you can.
- Woollens benefit immensely from regular airing. After wearing, knitwear can be laid out on a bed for an hour or so to get rid of any odours, such as cigarette smoke.
- For long-term storage, dry clean first to keep moths at bay. This removes the body oils they`re attracted to. All types of wool can be folded and stored with mothballs. Woven garments can also be hung in special garment bags for storage. Never cram the garments into a confined space.
- For short term storage always hang woven garments on good hangers (preferably padded) in a cool, fresh place with enough space to allow creases to drop out. Never hang knitwear, always fold it and store in a draw or cupboard that affords reasonable breathing space.
- Rest Garments between wearings – Try to wait at least 24 hours before the next wearing and try to avoid wearing the same garment for two consecutive days. This gives the natural resilience and spring in the wool fibre time to recover.