Washing and cleaning your wool sweaters, coats, and jackets with spot treatment is easy. To spot treat, wet the Wash & Stain Bar (Our wool cleaner of choice) and gently work into the stained area(s).
Remove soap and dirt with a wet Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth—be sure to remove all soap. Dampen the cloth as needed, and repeat the process until satisfied.
Skip to the Dry & Finish step, and continue by steaming. Felt shouldn’t be dried.
So can you wash felt? Yes, felt can be washed, but the process has to start with pre-treatment. Whether hand washing wool, or machine washing wool, always pretreat stains with Stain Solution or the Wash & Stain Bar.
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.
Use the Wash & Stain Bar for cleaning alpaca wool. It works the yarn to remove dirt, grease, oil, and makeup.
To clean wool and remove odor, presoak the item for 30 minutes in cool water mixed with ¼ cup of Scented Vinegar.
Dry-cleaning solvents and enzyme-containing detergents will degrade the yarns.
Angora is sensitive to water temperature and agitation, and it can shrink if not treated properly.
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 the item until the water is no longer soapy.
Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of the item.
Turn the item inside out, and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag.
Felt needs to be washed on a delicate cycle. Select the woolens or delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low.
Add the appropriate amount of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo according to the machine and load size.
Remove promptly from the washing machine to reduce creasing.
Lay the item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or clean towel. Do not put it in the dryer!
Expedite drying by laying the item flat on a clean towel. With the item in its original shape, roll it up in 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 yellow, shrink, or damage woolens.
Never hang wet woolens.
To remove wrinkles, we recommend steaming for the best and safest finish. Never iron, as ironing will crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns.
To freshen between wearings, spritz with Wool & Cashmere Spray. This nontoxic and allergen-free fabric spray naturally repels bugs and moths.
Angora generally doesn’t pill; if it does, remove pills on finer-gauge knits, such as lightweight 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.
Knit items should be stored folded to prevent stretching or distorting. Store jackets and suits using a solid structured hanger.
Angora is susceptible to insect damage. Always store items clean to avoid inadvertently providing a “food source” for bugs.
Prevent bug and moth infestation by storing in a breathable canvas Storage Bag with a zip closure.
All techniques are based on textile science. Not all garments perform and react as science would predict.