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How to Wash Wool and Cashmere

Taken from thelaundress.com

Step 1: Pretreat

Take the Sting Out of Stains: Treat stains with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar by applying directly to the spots and susceptible areas like underarms, necklines, and cuffs.

Say No to Odors: Mix ¼ cup of The Laundress Scented Vinegar with tepid water and soak the items for 30 minutes. You’ll enjoy the benefits of white vinegar with a product that smells beautiful.

Put It In Reverse: Prepare to wash by turning every item inside out to avoid friction and fading. Wash with the same or like colors only.

Step 2: Handwash and Rinse

Draw a Bath: Add two capfuls or a squirt of pH neutral Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to a wash basin or sink filled with cool water. While other popular wool washes have a high pH level that is harsh on wool and cashmere, The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo is pH neutral to protect delicate yarns. Plus, it can be used on every type of delicate fabric.

Go Under: Submerge your items and gently agitate them with your hands to evenly distribute soap and water. Soak for up to 30 minutes.

Rinse Clear: Run cool water through items until rinse water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, gently press the water out of your items between your hands or against the sink.

Note: If there is color in the water, don’t worry! It’s normal. The yarn dye is simply releasing color and you will not notice any loss of color after the wash is complete.

Step 3: Dry and Finish

No-rush Drying: Lay the items flat in their natural shape on a drying rack or clean towel. When drying, avoid direct sunlight and heat sources, such as the radiator, because they can shrink or damage wool. Never hang wet wool.  

Quick Drying: Lay one item flat on a towel. With the item in its original shape, roll it up in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove the excess water.

Steam it Up: Ironing can crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns. Instead steam to remove wrinkles, odors, bacteria.

Step 4: Pills and Lint

Banish Pills: Remove pills on fine gauge yarns by gliding The Laundress Sweater Comb across pilled areas.  For heavier gauge items, glide the The Laundress Sweater Stone over pilled areas. Always work tools in one direction.

Step 5: Storage

Get Into the Fold: Always store knits folded to prevent stretching or distorting.

Make Pests Bug Off: Prevent bug and moth infestation by storing knits in a breathable cotton/canvas bag with a zip closure. Always clean items before storing to avoid providing a “food source” of proteins for bugs.

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