Yes, you can wash merino wool.
If your item is structured (such as a blazer, coat, or suit), please spot treat.
To spot treat, wet the Wash & Stain Bar and gently work into the stained area(s).
Remove soap and dirt washing merino wool sweaters, and socks 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 your merino wool products. .
Fixing merino wool shrinkage isn't easy, but it can be prevented altogether. When washing, always pretreat stains with Stain Solution or the Wash & Stain Bar. Focus on susceptible areas such as underarms, necklines, and cuffs.
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.
The Wash & Stain Bar works the yarn to remove dirt, grease, oil, and makeup.
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.
Merino wool is an especially washable wool, and able to withstand machine washing.
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.
Add the appropriate amount of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo according to the machine and load size.
Remove promptly from the washing machine to reduce creasing.
Dry & Finish
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.
Remove pills on finer-gauge knits, such as lightweight wool & cashmere scarves, 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.
Although Merino is considered mothproof, it must be stored clean to avoid providing a “food source” for moths and bugs. Prevent insect infestations by storing in a breathable cotton/canvas storage bag with a zip closure.
All techniques are based on textile science. Not all garments perform and react as science would predict.