Maintenance of a wool sweater is equally significant to beautify each time you wear it. To our surprise, washing woollen wear is simpler and easier than expected. All you need to know are simple hacks to enjoy the woollies in a great way.
When to wash
Due to miraculous anti-odour and antimicrobial properties of wool, it doesn’t need many washes. It’s better to simply air-dry the sweater after every wear. Limit the washes as much as possible. Quickly, remove the stains with a soft damp cloth whenever necessary. If there is a need for washing, never dry clean it instead hand wash or machine wash it.
Hand washing is the safest method for washing wool sweaters. Take a tub with clean water of room temperature and add a wool detergent or mild shampoo to it. Turn the sweater inside out and submerge it in water and agitate the sweater with hands to remove stains. Then, let the sweater soak in water for 10 minutes to half an hour. Gently rinse the sweater by running cool water until there is no soapy water left.
Machine Wash the sweater if the garment care suggests. First, turn the sweater inside out and compact it in a mesh bag by rolling the sweater tightly to avoid any kind of pilling of wool. Add the wool detergent depending on load and size of the machine. Set the machine to wool care, in the absence of wool care option choose cold water wash or wash cycle for delicates.
How to dry woollies
Flat dry the woollies and allow it to dry in air. Avoid hanging the sweaters for drying, it eventually leads to stretching of wool by length. Never squeeze the sweaters instead place a towel underneath the sweater and roll the towel along with sweater to remove excess water. After placing the sweater on a dry rack, shape the sweater with the hands to avoid wrinkles. Drying the sweater in sunlight may cause colour shade, prefer to dry it in air.
1. Use sweater comb or lint remover and run it on the surface of the fabric in one direction to lint prone sweaters.
2. Air-dry the sweaters often to avoid bad smell in-between wears.
3. Place the woollies in zip lock cotton bags and store it in a cool dark place.
Things to keep in mind for non-wool sweaters:
Supima Cotton is a premium fibre, built to last longer than normal cotton. Machine washable with similar coloured garments. Avoid over washing. Can be hand washed. Flat dry to retain the shape of the garment and reduce creases. This ensures it looks fresh. Do not tumble dry. Avoid direct sun drying for long hours to keep colour vibrance. Avoid harsh soaps and strong chemical detergents.
For acrylic, wool blend and synthetic sweaters, it is better to dry clean it as machine wash or hand wash can lead to micro-plastic fibres being released. These can cause water pollution and are bad for ocean life. Thus it is important to read wash care instructions for your sweaters carefully.
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This article was written by Team Kosha member: Aamina Tasmia
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