Merino wool care

Merino Wool is one of the most hard wearing fabrics, with a natural stretch and breathability that allows it to dissipate any moisture it might absorb.  However, wool still requires some occasional care to keep it looking its best. Here are some easy-to-follow maintenance rules to keeping your Merino wool clothing in optimum condition.

HAND WASH or MACHINE WASH?

Hand washing

  • Hand washing – Fill a wash basin, large enough to accommodate garment to be washed comfortably, with cold / warm water and add wool washing detergent.  Submerge garment and let it soak for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse clean in water that’s the same temperature as wash water.
  • Squeeze out as much water as possible, but do not wring or twist the garment. Then roll the garment in an absorbent towel and press gently to absorb excess water. Unwrap the garment from the towel and lay it flat to dry on a bed or table covered with a fresh dry towel. Shape garment to proper size and dimension. You can also use the spin cycle on your washing machine to remove excess water.

Machine washing

  • Turn garment inside out to wash and dry.  Wash dark colours separately.  Allow 5% shrinkage.  Machine wash on a wool wash or gentle cycle at 40°C max.   Use only wool approved detergent on  a gentle machine spin.  Do not use bleach, nappy cleansing agents, garment brighteners or fabric softeners.  Do not soak or spot clean or use any cleansing agents. Do not soak or spot clean dry flat away from direct sunlight. May be tumble dried – low heat. May be dry cleaned.  After machine-washing, gently shake and reshape and lay out flat to dry.

NOTE: garments in Vanilla (cream) are particularly susceptible to yellowing if exposed to sunlight.

Please follow our washing instructions carefully.  Sweet Cheeks Merino does not take any responsibility for damaged garments due to incorrect washing detergents or procedures.

Pilling

While pilling is more common amongst man-made fibres, it can still occasionally occur with Merino wool. Washing your clothes inside out will help prevent pilling from occurring. However, if left alone, it will eventually pull away on its own accord with no trouble.

Stain Removal

Remove any stains immediately.

  • To remove stains you can use a little mild wool wash and spot clean the effected area. If you have a grease stain, sprinkle some baking soda or baby powder on it. Gently Rub the soda / powder gently on the stain until you see it come out the other side. Give the garment a shake to remove any remaining powder. If the stain is still there, repeat the process until it disappears

NOTE: Rubbing harshly in order to remove the stain may cause pilling, deterioration and discolouration of the fabric. Some other options

Blood: use White Vinegar

Ink: use White Spirit with White Vinegar or try Milk

Lipstick & Make Up: use Turpentine or Spot Clean Spray (may not remove completely)

Poo Stains: use White Vinegar (may not remove completely)

Comfortable & Easy Care

Our merino is fine spun making it super soft and comfortable. It also has natural elastic properties meaning it stretches with child’s movements yet always retains its original shape. All our products are machine washable on gentle cycle or wool cycle. Can be tumble dried on cool setting. Do not soak or bleach as this may result in holes in the fabric.

  • 100% Natural
  • Machine washable
  • Do Not Soak or Bleach

Storing

As our fabric is 100% natural – our merino wool contains no chemical mothproofing.  It is therefore important to store your garments properly.  Never store woolens for a long period of time without cleaning or washing them first.  Wool-eating insects prefer dirty wool to freshly washed woolens.  Use cedar or herbal moth repellents if required.  Hang them in small plastic bags or cloth bags (don’t put them directly on woolens), then put them in storage containers together with the woolens.

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