How to care for wool clothing

HOW TO CARE FOR WOOL CLOTHING

SWEATSHIRT, JERSEY AND KNITTED WOOL

Pilling

Our garments are made from all natural wool without chemical treatments. Pilling will occur on natural wool and can be removed carefully with a comb or a razor. The longer the garment is used, the pilling will gradually stop. 

Why pilling?

When wool fibers come loose, they will form little balls or pills. Pilling naturally occurs with movement and is a result of friction.

How to remove pilling:

  1. Lay your knitted garment on a flat surface
  2. Use a fine comb or a razor, carefully shave of the pilling on the garment from top to bottom
  3. Remove the pills / lint that get stuck on your comb or razor
  4. Your knitted garments should looks as new again
  5. Repeat when needed

Washing

Wool is naturally antibacterial as well as dirt and odour resistant, so wool garments do not need to be washed very often. It’s better to hang them out to be aired.

If you have smaller stains we recommend to spot clean stains with a mild wool soap by hand. To spot clean your garment follow these simple steps below.

 Spot clean knitted garments:

  1. Use mild wool soap and some lukewarm water on the stain.
  2. Brush or rub very carefully on the stain by hand or with a soft fabric cloth
  3. Rinse off the soap with lukewarm water or a cloth soaked in lukewarm water.
  4. Repeat the process if needed. Make sure to remove all soap from the garment.
  5. Dry by laying the garment flat.
  6. Place a towel under the area of the stain and if necessary gently squeeze the water out without twisting or wringing it. 
  7. Do not hang a knitted garment, let it dry flat.

If you would like to wash your entire garment we recommend hand wash. Please follow these steps to hand wash your knitted garment.

Hand Wash knitted wool:

  1. Hand wash your knitted garment by soaking it in lukewarm water with a mild soap or wool detergent. Use a clean sink or bucket to place the garment inside for a few minutes.
  2. Then carefully rinse the garment with lukewarm water
  3. Gently squeeze the water out without twisting or wringing it. 
  4. Place the knitted garment flat in its natural shape on a clean towel to dry.
  5. Either on top of a drying rack or on another flat surface. Do NOT put the garment in the dryer.
  6. To make the knitted garment dry faster, roll it up inside the towel to remove more water.
  7. When drying avoid having the garment next to a radiator or in direct sunlight. And never hang up wet woolen garments.

Storing

Store your knitted garments folded flat so it keeps its shape. Use cedar wood or dried lavender to keep moths away. 

If you put away your wool garment for the summer months, make sure to have it cleaned before storing it. Moths are more drawn to the dirt than the actual wool fibre. 

 

WOVEN FELTED JACKET

Pilling and caring

Brush the jacket with a clothing brush before or after wearing, to remove hair, dust and lint, and to make the wool fiber regain it's luster.

Felted garments do not get a lot of pilling. If some pilling should occur it can gently be removed with a comb or razor. 

If the jacket appears “hairy” and has a lot of fibers sticking out, you can flatten the surface of the fabric by using a steamer or steam iron. Keep a low temperature on the iron. 

Do not iron directly on to the wool fabric, use cotton or linen cloth in between the jacket and the iron, and gently press or stroke the iron to flatten the surface of the wool fabric.

Washing

The Findor jacket should be aired out instead of washed. 

For smaller spots we recommend to spot treat stains by hand or with a soft clothing brush. Here are some steps that can guide you to spot treat stains.

Spot clean felted jacket:

  1. Use mild wool soap and some lukewarm water on the stain.
  2. Brush or rub very carefully on the stain by hand or with a soft clothing brush. 
  3. Rinse off the soap with lukewarm water or a cloth soaked in lukewarm water.
  4. Repeat the process if needed. Make sure to remove all soap from the garment.
  5. Dry using a steamer or steam iron. Make sure to keep the iron on low temperature and only iron the back side of the fabric or use a cloth in between the iron and wool fabric.

If you do wash the jacket, we recommend hand wash. Dry clean solvents and enzyme-containing detergents can degrade the felt. 

These steps can guide you to a safe hand wash of your jacket. Make sure to use a cool water temperature when washing felted garments, as it can shrink if it's not treated properly. 

Hand wash felted jacket:

  1. Clean and prepare a wash basin or sink with cool to lukewarm water and some mild wool detergent or wool soap.
  2. Soak the garment in the water, squeeze the fabric all over the jacket to make sure that the water goes into the fabric everywhere
  3. Leave the jacket in the water for about 30 minutes
  4. Rub dirty areas with your fingers to remove the dirt from the garment
  5. Remove garment and the dirty water from the sink or basin. Fill it with clean lukewarm water. 
  6. Place the jacket in the clean water and move it around to get rid of the soapy water. 
  7. Repeat the process as many times as necessary to get rid of all the soap.
  8. Place the jacket flat in its natural shape on a clean towel to dry. Either on top of a drying rack or on another flat surface. Do NOT put the garment in the dryer.
  9. To make the jacket dry faster, roll it up inside the towel to remove more water.
  10. When drying avoid having the garment next to a radiator or in direct sunlight. And never hang up wet woolen garments.
  11. Use a steamer or steam iron to smooth the surface of your felted garment. Keep low temperature on the iron and make sure to use a cotton fabric in between the jacket and the iron. Gently press or stroke the iron to flatten the surface of the wool fabric.

Storing

The woven and felted Findor jacket can be stored hanging on a structured wooden hanger. Use cedar wood or dried lavender to keep moths away. 

If you put away your wool jacket for the summer months, make sure to have it cleaned before storing it. Moths are more drawn to the dirt than the actual wool fibre. 

If you have any questions please contact help (at) anewsweden.com