The season of sweaters and other woolen items of clothing is already open, therefore, proper care of things made of wool is now more important than ever.
How to turn expensive trousers from wool material into shorts? Very simple: wash them in hot water, they will immediately sit down and you will get the desired result.
*Disclaimer: This is a joke, please don’t try this on your woolen pants
There is a common joke that clothing manufacturers often print on tags with a washing mode: Do not know what these symbols mean? Give it to your friend/mother, she will do everything. And although this method really works in most cases, it’s good to be able to understand the intricacies of washing things yourself.
Washing T-shirts and socks are simple, but with woolen things, everything is simpler and more complicated at the same time: on the one hand, they are easy to spoil when improperly washed, and on the other, if you follow a few simple rules, everything will be in order. Let’s try to figure it out.
What is this post about?
It will be about pants, but all instructions with the same success apply to scarves, hats and other knitted accessories. First of all, you need to look at the washing instructions on the tag. If it says there that you can wash in an automatic washing machine, then you are in luck. The main thing is to use gentle washing and spinning and make sure that the recommended temperature is not exceeded. Nevertheless, no one guarantees that even with the formal observance of instructions with a sweater, nothing will happen. Therefore, we recommend that you still wash it manually – especially when you consider that it is not at all difficult.
Also, check our post on how to buy good quality woolen pants.
Step by step instruction
Fill a sink or basin with cool water – it does not have to be icy; there is no need to freeze your hands.
Pour powder into the water or pour liquid detergent. Use only products designed for handwashing wool. They are easily recognizable by the image of balls of wool on the packaging and cheerful colors with a predominance of pink and blue.
Dip the sweater in water and let it soak completely in soapy water. Gently chat the sweater back and forth, do not yank it and do not rub the wool on itself – it can fall down. When the water becomes dirty – drain. If necessary, the procedure can be repeated, but usually enough once.
Fill the sink with clean, cool water and carefully rinse the sweater. If no powder is washed the first time, repeat.
Drain and carefully lift the sweater with a lump. Wool absorbs a huge amount of water and becomes very heavy. If you decide to raise the sweater by the shoulders or sleeves, then you risk stretching it. Gently squeeze the water from the sweater, but in no case do not twist it and do not stretch it.
Now the most interesting thing: put a slightly wrung out sweater on a large bath towel and carefully, but firmly roll them together into a roll. All excess water from the sweater is magically absorbed into the towel.
The sweater can not be hung to dry on a hanger, it must be carefully laid out – on a horizontal dryer, if any, or on another, dry towel. It remains to wait until it dries, and congratulations – you have a clean sweater.
- In fact, most woolen items (except for jackets and other items with glued parts) can be neatly washed, even if the label says only dry cleaning. The main thing is to be guided by common sense.
- For washing wool, baby shampoo can do.
- While the sweater is wet, it can be slightly shaped to your taste – in particular, stretch the sleeves if they are too short. Just do not overdo it.
- Wool is a very hygienic material. If you are not inclined to sweat excessively, pour sauces on yourself or spend long hours in a cigar club, then sweaters are enough to wash once or twice a year.
- Knitwear should not be hung on hangers – they will stretch under their own weight. They should be stored folded on a shelf.
- The coils from the sweater should not be torn off with your hands. For this, special scallops and even electric cars are sold.
With woolen fabrics, things are a little more complicated. A woolen suit is one of the few woolen things that cannot be washed in principle. Firstly, the woolen costume fabric is very thin and can lose its shape from washing.
Secondly, in the vast majority of jackets, in addition to the lightest, there is an inner lining that gives the jacket shape. After washing, it can swell, peel off, wrinkle – and then the jacket will almost certainly have to be sent to the trash. Therefore, the only way to fully clean a wool suit is to dry clean.
However, the fact that the suit cannot be washed does not mean that you do not need to follow it. Before you hang it in the closet, you should carefully brush it with a soft brush to remove particles of food, skin, dust, and dirt that could remain on it for a day – this will allow the costume to stay noticeably longer fresh and protect it from months.
- Choose either a dry cleaning checked by friends or a well-known network. It’s better to overpay a few hundred rubles than ruin an expensive suit – anything happens.
- The costume is best stored on a cedar hanger – cedar essential oils repel insects. In any case, the hanger should have wide shoulders and a wide enough horizontal bar for trousers – so that the weight of the fabric is distributed evenly. In no case do not leave the suit hanging on a wire hanger from a dry cleaning service.
- The suit should not be worn for two days in a row – like leather shoes, it needs a rest. This is especially true for very heavy fabrics such as winter wool flannels and very light fabrics such as Super 180 wool. Otherwise, the suit will wear very quickly.
- The only negative of dry cleaning is that it gradually destroys the fabric, so you should not abuse it and make the suit more often than once a year.
Check this post to know how to take care of your woolen pants.