Knowing how to wash a wool jumper, a wool coat and other wool clothing is essential to keeping winter clothes looking their best when you have a busy family. These tips on how to wash sweaters, hats, scarves and gloves as well as wool blankets will save you from laundry disasters. They’ll make doing laundry more cost-effective and easier. Now if we could only ensure there was less of it!
Angie Tang from dry cleaning and laundry service Laundrapp, passed along these tips on how to care for your winter wardrobe.
Laundry can seem like a never-ending chore at the best of times, but it’s an especially big job during the winter months, when you’ve got all those woollen jumpers, party dresses, coats and scarves to contend with. Here, I’ll talk you through how to wash those delicate fabrics and tricky garments, to keep your winter wardrobe looking great throughout the colder months.
How to clean wool hats, scarves, and gloves
Kids are always dropping their gloves and hats when out and about, so these will often need to be washed throughout the winter. Synthetic wools can be washed at 40°C, while wool blends can be washed using your machine’s delicate or hand wash setting. Just remember to turn all items inside out before washing, as this will help to prevent bobbling. After washing, gently reshape the item and leave to air dry.
If your kid’s accessories are absolutely caked in mud, then use your machine’s pre-soak setting before running the full cycle. It will also help to pause the machine halfway through and allow them to soak for an extra half hour — this is also a great way to clean mucky P.E. kits!
How to wash wool and cashmere sweaters
During the winter — when we wear more wool, cashmere, and other delicate natural fabrics — we often need to handwash our clothing more often. So, it’s a good idea to set aside half an hour each week as part of your laundry schedule. It might seem like a pain, but it’ll be worth it to keep your clothes looking great for longer. This is especially important with jumpers made of merino wool, which is delicate and needs special handling. However it doesn’t need to be complicated!
To wash wool jumpers, simply soak them in a basin of clean lukewarm water and a mild specialist detergent, and swirl them gently to loosen any dirt or oil. Be careful not to get it too hot as that can contribute to the garment shrinking or even felting. Let it soak for about 10 minutes.
Then, gently squeeze out the water — never wring wool garments, as this can cause them to go out of shape. Roll your jumper up in a towel to remove as much water as you can, and then lay it out flat to dry.
How to clean wool coats and jackets
Most coats and jackets will need to be dry-cleaned to stay in good condition. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t need a bit of TLC between professional washes. After all, a winter coat is an investment, so treat it accordingly! To get your coats looking good in between trips to the dry-cleaners, brush off lint and dirt after every wear. A handheld electric lint remover will also help to stop bobbling or pilling. Stash one in your coat cupboard and try to get into the habit of using it each time you hang up your coat.
How you hang your coats is also important. You don’t want to cram them all into a small cupboard as they won’t have the space to properly hang, which can lead to creasing. An overcrowded coat cupboard is also an ideal breeding ground for moths. Your coats need to air out between wears, so ensure they have some room to breathe, and add some cedarwood rings to your hangers to ward off hungry moths.