How To Clean And Store Your Wool Knits in 6 Easy Steps
Wool is tricky to wash. It can seemingly shrink at the mere sight of a washing machine, and sometimes comes out of the wash feeling stiff and itchy. Jennifer Wells, co-founder and co-creative director of Line Knitwear, tells us everything we need to know about properly caring for our wool knits.
How to clean/wash it:
1. Fill a sink or basin with lukewarm to cool water (not too warm or hot to avoid shrinkage!). Use a mild detergent or baby shampoo.
2. Soak your sweater for approximately 10 minutes and squeeze out excess water. Be careful not to wring or rub the fabric too much.
3. Roll the sweater in a clean towel to remove excess moisture, and lay flat to dry on a drying rack or dry towel. Avoid using a hanger, as it will distort the shape of the garment.
4. Finish by using a garment steamer to remove any wrinkles and help restore the shape.
How to store it:
We turned to Dagmar Alsen, Global Head of Design, Olsen, to explain the best way to store your knitwear. “Never hang a wool or cashmere jumper on a hanger. This will result in the fabric stretching and misshaping over time. Always fold instead, but not too tightly. Store them loosely and avoid big staples in your closet. For the best storage, avoid direct sun and damp rooms. Put sheets of silk wrapping paper between delicate knits. To keep moths away, use fragrant sacs—they smell good and you avoid chemicals in your closet.” Alsen adds that prior to storing, when machine washing, you should “turn your knits inside out, use a laundry sac and dry them flat. Overall use mild detergent, no matter what kind of knit it is—cashmere, merino, cotton.”