Merino wool garment has some great features. We do not care about the odours, sweating or the lack of warmth. It doesn’t even need a special care and can last for a decade. Until you do some of the following no-no’s with it.
1. Washing mashine & tumble dryer
We’ve all seen size XL sweater one could’t put on a three year old kid. These situations show the wool can’t stand the heat. Clothes shrink and the process is irrecoverable.
Surface of the woolen fibre has millions of little teeth on it. During the washing and drying process, they jam to each other until the brand new yorkshire sweater is born. The ideal conditions to this process are high moisture, friction and warmth. Around 80° C is really off the scale.
Better set the washer around 40° C.
Maybe you are using in not even knowing about it. Bleech is contained in many common washing powders and can cause serious damage to our wool garment. We don’t want it, do we?
Avoid everything with chlorine in it. Woolen fibres really hate it. Clorine is a very agressive chemical itself, used to destroy every living things, bacteria and so. Poolboys pour them to the water by litres but we rather recommend to avoid it at all.
3. Sharp objects
Take an extra eye on these. Most of merino garment is made of knit – textille produced by knitting fibre loops repeatedly to each other. If one loop is cut, a “stockings effect” appears and it is neccessary to act fast.
The best solution is to sew it lightly arout the emerging hole. Next step is to find out how this all have happened. Most common reasons are sharp belt buckles, zippers or another metal components. Watch out for those wooden splinters while waiting for another cold beer at the bar.
Read everything about the maintainance HERE.