"Can I wash wool pants?" is one of the most common questions we're asked. If you read care labels carefully and follow our expert tips and best practices, you can hand wash wool pants at home. Wool is a sensitive fabric, so it requires gentle wash methods and an enzyme-free wash to clean at home. Follow this guide to learn how to wash wool dress pants, saving money and time on trips to the dry cleaners.
What you'll need to clean wool pants at home:
- A gentle, enzyme-free cleaning solution like Wool & Cashmere Shampoo
- A hand washing basin or a machine with a "hand wash" or delicate cycle with low spin
- A hand steamer to remove wrinkles
Why is washing wool different?
Wool has been a closet staple since... well, probably before humans had closets. From Mesopotamia to Ancient Rome and beyond, wool has been keeping us warm and stylish for centuries. Wool fiber comes from animals: sheep, goats, rabbits and other animals such as llamas and alpacas. On the other hand, cotton is plant-derived and made up of mostly cellulose. While wool is very insulating, it also is sensitive to heat and enzymatic detergents. That's why when you're learning how to clean wool pants, you'll need special wash methods and an enzyme-free solution.
Do you think of all wool and cashmere as dry clean only fabrics?
Think again! Many wool and cashmere pieces can be washed at home depending on construction. If something is specifically tagged as "dry clean only", that may mean it can't be exposed to water, but most other types of woolens can be cared for at home. We're here to show you how washing woolens like wool pants from the comfort of your own home can be convenient and easy.
Choose your products and processes carefully
When it comes to washing wool, not all products are created equally. There are many brands of wool-safe cleaners that contain a high PH level and enzymes that may damage wool and cashmere over time. We prefer our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, which is specially formulated without enzymes and suitable for cleaning wool, cashmere, merino, mohair, and blends.