WOOL CARE GUIDE

Follow these laundry instructions to keep your blankets clean and fresh


Spot Cleaning

For the odd spill, spot cleaning is best. Use a detergent specially formulated for wool, moisten the affected area of your blanket with cold water and work the liquid soap sparingly into the area with a lint-free cloth or sponge. Avoid scrubbing too hard in one place as this can mat and stretch the fabric. It's better to be very gentle and repeat a few times if necessary.

SUITABLE FOR:

* Wool blankets

* Merino lambswool blankets + scarves

* Picnic rugs


HAND WASHING

Fill your sink or bath with lukewarm water and add a gentle laundry detergent specially made for wool and delicates. Give it a mix, then add your blanket to the water and leave to soak for 10 minutes. Then, gently swish and scrunch the blanket around with your hands. Avoid rubbing the material together as the friction can cause shrinking and pilling. Rinse twice with clean water and reshape whilst damp.

SUITABLE FOR:

* Wool blankets

* Picnic rugs


MACHINE WASHING

Pure wool blankets can be machine washed. Start by checking your machine has a completely cold setting - on some machines the wool setting is not actually cold. Select the minimum spin. Wash your throw separately to avoid colour run and snagging. Choose a mild liquid detergent that is specially formulated for wool. Final rinse softeners may be used but keep the amount to minimum, as too much will exacerbate felting. 

SUITABLE FOR:

* Wool blankets

* Picnic rugs


DRYING

Remove the blanket from the washing machine as soon as the cycle finishes and reshape whilst damp. Don't wring it out – instead, sandwich your blanket inside a couple of dry towels and roll like a Swiss Roll to gently remove excess water. Dry your blanket flat or line dry ensuring the weight is evenly distributed. Never tumble dry as your blanket may shrink. The texture of the blanket will change slightly after the first wash as the action of the machine causes loose fibres to mesh and felt together.

SUITABLE FOR:

* Wool blankets

* Picnic rugs


DRY CLEANING

All our Finest Collection merino lambswool throws are suitable for dry cleaning only. You can also dry clean pure wool throws if you want to avoid the slight change in texture that machine washing will cause. Choose a dry cleaning company that is a member of the UKFT. Tell them your throw is made from wool or merino lambswool. If you know the cause of any stains it’s helpful to let them know so they can remove marks more effectively.

SUITABLE FOR:

* Merino lambswool blankets + scarves


REMOVING BOBBLES / PILLING

When wool fibres are fluffy they mesh together, forming small bobbles, or "pills". Pilling is a direct result of friction so you are more likely to create bobbles if you use your throw in high-wear areas, such as the seat or back of a sofa, and when your blanket is new and fluffy. Pilling is easy to take care of with a lint roller and a de-pilling comb every now and again. Use a self-adhesive lint roller to remove loose fibres, then gently skim the de-pilling comb over the blanket in one direction.