If your item is structured (such as a suit, gabadrine jacket, or gabardine dress) or unlaunderable (such as upholstery), please spot treat instead of washing.
To spot treat, wet the Wash & Stain Bar 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.
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.
Wool gabardine is sensitive to water temperature and agitation, and it can shrink if not treated properly.
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.
Select the woolens or delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low.
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; otherwise, iron on the low temperature setting or steam by hovering the iron over the item.
To freshen between wearings, spritz with Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. This nontoxic and allergen-free fabric spray naturally repels bugs and moths.
Woven jackets and suits can be stored using a solid structured hanger; however, be mindful of clips because they can leave marks on the material.
Gabardine can be 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 cotton Storage Bag with a zip closure.
All techniques are based on textile science. Not all garments perform and react as science would predict.