Lambswool is a fantastic natural fibre, and I love the soft finish on our products. So to help you keep them in their best possible shape for as long as possible I’ve put together some information for you.
First and most importantly, lambswool felts with heat and friction! I love a bit of felted wool, but with a product that wasn’t designed to be felted it’s a disaster! It can shrink down to as little of a 3rd of it’s original size! Our care instructions take this into account!
I always recommend hand washing Solasonach products.
Wool shouldn’t need washed that often anyway as it has natural antibacterial properties, but if you’re a bit of a mucky pup like some people in our house…..
First option, Spot cleaning is the business! I recommend a mild detergent when washing your garment in general, but my secret tip is a wee bit of washing up liquid directly on the offending mark, especially if it’s a greasy one! Gently rub the washing up liquid into the dry fabric and then rinse out with warm water.
If you need to wash the whole garment we recommend a mild detergent. I use Surcare liquid on all of the garments because it’s gentle, kind to skin and environmentally friendly. It’s also fragrance free so suits us people with eczema perfectly!
Use water that’s comfortably warm to your hands, too hot and it’ll be unpleasant for you and in danger of felting your garment!
When you are washing your garment be gentle with it. Too much rough washing can result in the dreaded felting, and too much stretching can lead to your garment becoming misshapen. Although lambswool is fairly elastic. Rinse your garment out in cool, but not freezing water.
Never use bleach! Bleach destroys lambswool very effectively! It eats great holes through it!
Do not wring, squeeze gently instead as if you were drying long hair.
Dry flat otherwise it will stretch out of shape. But how? Well my solution is that I use a fold out drying and lay the garment out in its proper shape across the top. Indoors or outdoors this work best!
Do not tumble dry.
Steam Iron! Hot steam is the best thing, but be careful not to touch the garment with the iron, it can burn. Especially if you have a product with lurex in it. We use a specialist high powered steam iron to finish our products.
I don’t like dry cleaning, it’s bad for the environment and full of nasty chemicals we wouldn’t want on our skin. Plus its expensive. I know how my washing machine behaves, but I can’t guarantee what your washing machine will do. I wash all of our garments at a low temperature on a slower spin cycle to get the soft finish I love, but it’s taken a while to get the cycle tailored exactly right on the machine, and there were plenty of disasters!