While wool may be more delicate than other fabrics, there’s no reason it can’t be worn as often - a little extra care does need to be taken when wearing and when it comes to looking after it. We recommend and love using ecostore Eucalyptus Wool and Delicates laundry liquid for caring for your knitwear and delicate pieces. It is perfectly gentle yet washes thoroughly, all while smelling delicious.
Most knitwear can be washed in the same way – cold hand wash using an eco-friendly wool detergent (we recommend, ecostore Eucalyptus Wool and Delicates Wash). While handwashing does take more time and effort, your pieces don’t need to be washed frequently. Wool has natural self cleaning properties in the form of a water repellant surface, this prevents bacteria growth that causes odour. We recommend airing your knitwear on a drying rack outside, away from the sun. If you require spot stain removal, use a wool wash to wash the stain out and dry flat.
When the time comes to wash your pieces, start by laying your sweater flat and removing as many pills as possible with a cashmere comb or by hand. Then, submerge the sweater in water and very lightly lather the garment with the detergent. Leave to soak for 10 minutes and then rinse until there are no more bubbles from the detergent.
The best way to dry your knitwear is to lay the garment flat on top of a towel, on top of an airing rack – (do not wring your knitwear as that can damage the structure and appearance of the knit). If you need to remove excess water, prior to laying the knit on the airing rack you can roll the piece in the towel.
RESHAPING AND PILLING
If a knit has lost its shape, wash it and gently pull to reshape it. Whenever a pill appears on a garment remove it by hand or by using a knitwear comb. If using a comb ensure you stroke the sweater in one direction.
Do not hang your knitwear as this will alter the shape and length. Store your knitwear neatly folded in a drawer or cupboard with either fresh lavender or whole cloves – these are natural moth deterrents.
Mohair yarn is the most likely to shed, this is due to the fine fluffy nature of the fibre. You can’t stop it from happening completely, however we recommend lightly shaking your knitwear outside to remove any of the surface fibres. We also suggest being cautious with what you pair your mohair jumpers with. We recommend wearing your pieces next to similar tones and colour palettes (ivory with neutrals and black with darker colours) and love pairing our knits with silk as the slippery surface of silk will ensure no excess fibres stick to the garment.
You can use a laundry soap bar to gently work the stain out with water, however most stains should be removed if hand washing as above.
If you’ve caught your knit on something and there’s a visible pull, the yarn can be pulled through using a knitting or crochet needle from the inside of the garment. Do not cut the pull as this will create a hole in the garment. If in doubt, take it to an alteration specialist who can do this for you.