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Quick Tips To Wash Your Woollens At Home

Quick Tips To Wash Your Woollens At Home

How to wash woollens at home?
Concerned about how to wash your sweaters? Here are some tips:

Wool is one of the most delicate fibres in nature and demands a lot of care and attention. Hand washing is the safest option when it comes to washing natural fibres such as wool. In case of stains, clothes must be treated before wash.

Before Wash: 
If you are a newbie at washing a sweater or if you are worried that your sweater may stretch excessively on washing, 
  • Record the dimensions (width and length) of the sweater body and the sleeve length well before washing
  • Alternatively, you may sketch the outline of the unwashed sweater on a white craft wrapping paper. These measurements may now be used to reshape the sweater post washing

During Wash:
  • Firstly, read and understand the care label that comes with every piece of clothing you own. If the woollens in your wardrobe have a care label that reads ‘Dry Clean Only’, do as instructed and do not wash them at home
  • The next step is to conduct a colour-fastness test. Even the slightest contact of water can cause woollens which are bright and deeply coloured to lose colour
  • Use a mild detergent like ‘Love&Care Soft Woollens’ which is designed exclusively for woollen wear. It is designed to be pH neutral and does not contain enzymes and bleach. Its low foaming formula avoids over rinsing and hence enables quick washing
  • Soak your garment for not more than 5 minutes to avoid over exposure to water
  • Rinse gently but do not twist or wring as this can distort the shape
  • Allow washed wet woollens to air dry instead of tumbling them dry and ensure that they are kept away from direct sunlight
  • The wash may be followed by the use of fabric conditioners like Comfort to give extra softness to your garment
  • Once dried, iron the woollen garments using recommended settings on the iron
Here are some additional tips:
  • Use water at room temperature (never hot) for best results
  • Ensure that the detergent-water mix reaches every part of the garment. Hence, agitate the sweater gently in the mixture but do not wring or scrub both of which can lead to stretching and pilling
  • Give the sweater some support from beneath as and when it is moved around while rinsing in water or for drying
  • Ensure that there is no mixing of colours while washing. The resultant dye transfer may be very hard to reverse

 After Wash:
Here are the best methods to dry and reshape sweaters if you do not own a ventilated drying rack for sweaters:

  • Once the wash is done, the excess water needs to be removed. Support the wet sweater from beneath and lay it down flat on a dry, heavy absorbent towel. Gently roll up the sweater in the towel and press firmly as you do so. Make sure to not wring the towel
  • The next step is to lay down another dry towel on a flat surface. A card table would be the perfect size for drying sweaters and mostly will have a protective vinyl top. If not, the wooden surfaces need to be protected with a vinyl tablecloth before placing the towel on it
  • Now, lay the sweater down on the dry towel and reshape it into its original pattern by patting it instead of tugging or expanding with force.  Make sure that you push the ribbing together at the neckline, wrists, and waist gently, fasten the buttons and fold the collar. If the sweater comes with a belt, extend it away on each side of the sweater. If removable, dry them separately
  • Air-dry the sweater for about a day
  • Flip the sweater onto another dry towel and dry for an additional 24 hours
  • Fold the sweater and put it away but do not hang any knitted garment as the weight will lead to the shoulders stretching out

Stretched Cuffs?
It is quite common for sweater cuffs to get stretched even while the remaining parts of the sweater look just fine. To reverse this, the stretched area of the sweater may be dipped in hot water allowing it to blot slightly. The wet cuffs may be dried using hot air from a hair dryer. This will slightly tighten the fibres and reverse the stretched cuffs. However, this would only be a temporary but easy solution. For it to be a more permanent solution, attach / stitch the inside of the cuffs with elastic tape of the right size.


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