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How To

How-To | Wash Wool & Cashmere

Aug 30, 2019


Wondering how to clean wool? How to wash a wool scarf? Think of wool and cashmere as dry clean only? Think again. We’re here to break downs the dos and don’ts of washing wool and washing cashmere. Not only do these fabrics clean up nicely, washing them actually helps to preserve the fibers, so that your favorite cardigan or preferred pullover lasts longer while saving you time and money.

We've scientifically formulated a line of toxin-free laundry detergents that give you amazing results at home. Ditch the dry cleaners with the Wool & Cashmere Kit that includes the Wool & Cashmere ShampooStain SolutionWool & Cashmere Spray, and Sweater Comb. Pretreat stains, wash, clean, and de-pill your favorite wool and cashmere items by following these steps.

Gather These Tools:

Stain SolutionWash & Stain BarMesh Washing BagWool & Cashmere Shampoo

Post Laundering Care: Wool & Cashmere SpraySweater CombCashmere Brush

STEP 1:
Pretreat

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Take the Sting Out of Stains: Treat stains with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar by applying directly to the spots and susceptible areas like underarms, necklines, and cuffs. 

Say no to Odors: Mix ¼ cup of The Laundress Scented Vinegar with tepid water and soak the items for 30 minutes. You'll enjoy the benefits of white vinegar with a product that smells beautiful. 

Put It In Reverse: Prepare to wash by turning every item inside out to avoid friction and fading. Wash with the same or like colors only.

STEP 2:
Handwash & Rinse

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Draw a Bath: Add two capfuls or a squirt of pH neutral Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to a wash basin or sink filled with cool water. While other popular wool washes have a high pH level that is harsh on wool and cashmere, The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo is pH neutral to protect delicate yarns. Plus, it can be used on every type of delicate fabric.

Go Under: Submerge your items and gently agitate them with your hands to evenly distribute soap and water. Soak for up to 30 minutes. 

Rinse Clear: Run cool water through items until rinse water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, gently press the water out of your items between your hands or against the sink. 

Note: If there is color in the water, don't worry! It's normal. The yarn dye is simply releasing color and you will not notice any loss of color after the wash is complete.

OR
Machine Wash

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If you must wash in the machine, we recommend removing knits promptly from the washer to reduce creasing. Follow these steps for the best results:

Bag It: Turn items inside out and place them in a Mesh Washing Bag to protect them from agitation and friction that can cause pilling. 

Select Your Cycle: Select the woolens or delicate cycle on your washing machine and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low. Add Wool & Cashmere Shampoo according to the machine type and load size.

STEP 3:
Dry & Finish

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No-rush Drying: Lay the items flat in their natural shape on a drying rack or clean towel. When drying, avoid direct sunlight and heat sources, such as the radiator, because they can shrink or damage wool. Never hang wet wool.  

Quick Drying: Lay one item flat on a towel. With the item in its original shape, roll it up in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove the excess water. 

Steam it Up & Stay Fresh: Ironing can crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns. Instead steam to remove wrinkles, odors, bacteria. You can also spritz The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray between wearing and washing. It's a safe nontoxic, allergen-free fabric spray that naturally repels bugs and moths. 

STEP 4:
Pills & Lint

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Banish Pills: Remove pills on fine gauge yarns by gliding The Laundress Sweater Comb across pilled areas.  For heavier gauge items, glide the The Laundress Sweater Stone over pilled areas. Always work tools in one direction. 

Brush for Beauty: Use The Laundress Cashmere Brush between wears to remove lint, fuzz, and hair and release natural oils that rejuvenate yarns.

STEP 5:
Storage

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Get Into the Fold: Always store knits folded to prevent stretching or distorting. 

Make Pests Bug Off: Prevent bug and moth infestation by storing knits in a breathable cotton/canvas bag with a zip closure. Always clean items before storing to avoid providing a "food source" of proteins for bugs.

Get the tools you need

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Dry Cleaning Detox Kit
$53.00

Wool & Cashmere Shampoo 16 fl oz
$19.00

Mesh Bag Bundle
$15.00

Wash & Stain Bar
$6.00

Sweater Comb
$18.00

Wool & Cashmere Spray 4 fl oz
$10.00

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6 items: $121.00

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