Gather These Tools:
Wash & Stain Bar, Stain Solution, Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth, Scented Vinegar, Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, Wool & Cashmere Spray, Sweater Comb, Sweater Stone, All-Purpose Storage Bag
(Jackets & Blazers)
When cleaning structured items like jackets and blazers, spot treating is recommended. Wet the Wash & Stain Bar into a lather and gently work into the stained area. Remove soap and dirt with a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth. Dampen the cloth as needed to remove all of the soap.
Finish by steaming the item to remove dust and odors.
(Sweaters, Throws, Etc.)
Treat stains with Stain Solution or the Wash & Stain Bar. Focus on susceptible areas such as underarms, necklines, and cuffs. Stain Solution is ideal for protein and tannin stains, such as wine, coffee, ink, grass, urine, blood, and old, set-in stains such as pit stains.
The Wash & Stain Bar works the material to remove dirt, grease, oil, and makeup.
To remove unsavory odors, presoak the item for 30 minutes in a mixture of cool water and 1/4 cup of Scented Vinegar.
Handwashing is always the safest method for cleaning wool pieces. Contrary to popular belief, it's safer than dry-cleaning as that process can degrade yarns. Wool is also sensitive to water temperature and may shrink if not treated properly. Add a squirt of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to a wash basin or sink full of cool water. Submerge the item and gently agitate with your hands so the piece is sufficiently treated with the soapy mixture. Let soak for 30 minutes.
Rinse your piece with cool water until there's no longer soapy suds visible in the water. If there's a slight color in the water, don't panic. The yarns are simply releasing excess dye and you won't notice any missing color when the washing process is complete.
Lay your item flat in its natural shape to dry on a drying rack or hang to dry. Never use a dryer. You may expedite the drying processes by laying the item on a flat clean towel. With the item in its original shape, roll it up in the towel (like you're rolling a sleeping bag) to release excess water.
When drying, avoid direct sunlight or heat sources, such as a radiator, because that can cause yellowing, shrinkage, or other damage. Never hang woolens to dry as the hanger can cause the item to lose its? structure.
We recommend using a steamer to remove any remaining wrinkles. Never use an iron as it can crush or ruin the natural pile of the yarns.
In between washes, use Wool & Cashmere Spray to freshen woolens.
To de-pill items, we recommend our Sweater Stone for heavier woolens and thick gauge yarns and our Sweater Stone for delicate knits & fine gauge woolens. To use either, lay the item flat and brush the stone or comb gently in one direction, using short strokes.
Knit items should be stored folded to prevent stretching or distortion. Always store items clean to avoid providing a "food source" for bugs who are attracted to woolen pieces. To prevent moths, mildews, and yellowing, always store pieces in a breathable cotton Storage Bag with a zip closure.