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How do I care for wool?

6 May 2016

No matter how you wash your wool, there are a few general rules for caring for wool clothes to help prolong their lifespan and retain their as-new look and feel.

How do I care for wool?

Empty pockets
Before storing or washing wool clothes, empty pockets and remove belts, jewellery and other accessories to avoid sagging and bulging. Store with closures zipped or buttoned.

Brushing
For woven garments only, such as suits or tailored pants: Using a soft garment brush, brush garments lengthwise after wearing to remove surface soil that might become stains later on. Dust and dirt can dull the appearance of wool fabrics.

Airing
To remove cigarette or food odours, lay wool garments flat on a bed or towel for an hour. Woven garments may be hung in fresh air on a suitable hanger.

Hang wovens, fold knits
Woven wool garments should be hung on shaped or padded coat hangers. Knitted garments should be gently folded and stored in drawers.

Resting
Rest wool garments for 24 hours before wearing again. This gives the natural resilience and spring in the wool fibre time to recover and return to its original shape.

Refreshing
Wool garments can be refreshed after unpacking or wearing by hanging them in a steamy bathroom. Moisture from the steam will remove wrinkles.

Dry away from direct sunlight or heat
If wool gets wet, dry the garment at room temperature away from direct sunlight or heat.

Long-term storage
Since food stains and body oils attract moths, you should ensure your wool garment is clean before packing it away in airtight bags or containers. Ideally use a Woolmark-endorsed moth repellent but do not place directly on the garment.

Find Woolmark-approved apparel care products in your country.