Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing woolens.
Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to a washbasin or sink filled with cool water.
Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes.
Rinse well by running cool water through item until water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of the item.
Dry & Finish
Lay item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or clean towel. Do not put in the dryer!
Expedite drying by laying one item flat on a clean towel. With the item in its originial shape, roll it up the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove excess water.
When drying, avoid direct sunlight and heat sources, such as the radiator, because they can shrink or damage wool. Never hang wet wool.
When wool fibers become loose, they form little balls or pills. Pilling is a direct result of wearing - the more you wear an item, the more likely it is to pill.
Remove pills on finer-gauge knits, such as light-weight sweaters, T-shirts, or pants, by gliding the Sweater Comb across pilled areas.
For heavier-gauge items, such as thicker sweaters, outerwear, or heavy upholstery, use the Sweater Stone.
Always work tools in one direction.
Use a Cashmere Brush between wears to remove lint, fuzz, and hair and release natural oils that rejuvenate yarns.
Always store knits folded to prevent stretching or distorting.
Prevent bug and moth infestation by storing in a breathable cotton/canvas bag with a zip closure.
Store items clean to avoid inadvertently providing a "food source" for bugs.
All techniques are based on textile science. Not all garments perform and react as science would predict.