PRODUCT CARE

PRODUCT CARE

Always check the garment label – the washing method is determined by the type of garment; some are hand wash or dry clean only, whilst others are machine washable.We have experimented with the many suggested methods and looked at the varied products to help us to achieve this. Our main aim was to find products that were as free of any chemicals as possible, but that would actually work.

This proved far more difficult than we imagined.We have created a collection of various products that we felt that really did a great job of cleaning at cold or low temperatures, and at the same time have added benefits of eliminating house dust mites and allergens normally only eradicated by washing at high temperatures.

WOOL CARE

Hand washes…

  • Turn item inside out to wash (if a garment)
  • Prepare a ‘bath’ of cool / tepid water, less than 30 deg. And with appropriate quantity of Wool mark approved detergent.
  • Completely submerge item(s) in the basin of water agitating the water & detergent using your hands to gently force air bubbles out.
  • Soak for at least half an hour. It is fine to leave it soaking for longer unless you are washing silk.
  • Gently agitate the water again. If you see colour in the water…..keep calm and carry on! This is quite normal; it is simply the yarn dye releasing some colour: you will not notice any colour loss.
  • Rinse well in ‘running’ room temperature water and keep rinsing until all the soapy water is gone.
  • Be careful not to wring out and avoid the item being stretched by the weight of the water, PRESS the water out of the item instead.

 How to dry wool…

  • Pull gently into shape.
  • Dry flat on a clean towel, or spread out in an airy place out of direct bright/harsh sunlight and away from direct heat.
  • Domestic Dehumidifiers are great for this purpose.
  • Tumble dry? Some high quality tumble driers have woollen care programs. Read the manufacturer’s instructions before trusting your precious wool items to a machine! If in any doubt don’t do it! Always let it finish drying naturally. For best results DONOT tumble dry.

Daily care…

Woven garments may be hung on suitable hangers with enough space to enable creases to drop out.Knitted garments, including hand knits must never be hung, fold and store.

  • Stains- treat stains immediately, rinse minor stains with cold water and dab dry with a clean soft cloth. (Do not use tissues or paper towels)
  • Drying- If garment should get wet, dry away from direct heat (heater or direct sunlight).
  • Storing -clean first according to care label.

Cedar blocks or mothballs will deter moths from damaging fibres. 

SHEEPSKIN RUGS

How to care for your sheepskin rugs…

Machine washing…

Click here for full details on machine washing Sheepskins and Sheepskin Rugs

Single and double sheepskins fit comfortably in standard British washing machines, while treble fleeces may fit into larger machines. Use the coolest ‘woollens’ settings – 30°C wool wash cycle – and add just a teaspoon of mild, non-biological non-bleach detergent.

Important: See our "Which Detergent" notes

It is beneficial to also add some lanolin based wool fabric conditioner. Lightly spin (wool cycle) the rug and then allow drying naturally, away from direct heat. Flexing the sheepskin as it dries will help to maintain its suppleness.

  • Never use biological washing detergent.
  • Never use bleaches and note that MOST non-bio washing powders do contain bleach - use a wool approved detergent!
  • Never wash in hot water
  • Never store in a plastic bag
  • Never tumble dry.
  • Never dry on a radiator.
  • Always remove from the machine promptly after the program has finished.
  • Always dry in a well ventilated place to dry away from direct heat and sunlight.

Hand washing…

If hand washing, use warm water, not hot (30°C), and again use just a teaspoon of mild, non-biological detergent. Add some lanolin based fabric conditioner to the rinse water. Gently squeeze out excess water; carefully pull the rug back into shape, then hang to dry away from direct heat. Flexing the sheepskin as it dries will help to maintain its suppleness. Carefully brush the wool with a wire sheepskin brush once when damp and again when dry, to maintain the silky soft texture of the rug.

 

  • Never use biological washing detergent.
  • Never use bleaches and note that MOST non-bio washing powders do contain bleach - use a wool approved detergent!
  • Never wash in hot water
  • Never store in a plastic bag
  • Never tumble dry.
  • Never dry on a radiator.
 
  • Always remove from the machine promptly after the program has finished.
  • Always dry in a well ventilated place to dry away from direct heat and sunlight.

 

Dry cleaning…

All our sheepskins can be dry-cleaned. Most high street dry-cleaners should be able to offer this service. It will make your old sheepskin rugs look like new.

PURE WOOL RECEIVING BLANKETS AND WOOL/COTTON BABY SHAWLS

These are very delicate and should be hand washed only in cool or tepid water. Use only specialist wool shampoo - we sell one on our web site - and follow the instructions carefully. Do not tumble dry, spin, or wring out. Gently pull into shape after washing and dry flat in gently moving air out of direct strong sunlight. Other than our own wool shampoo many of our customers find that Stergene offers good results. Even non-bio detergents can damage this delicate item so please take extra care in your choice of detergent. Also please note that using too much of the right detergent can cause damage. We recommend that you do not use fabric conditioners or softeners on these products

DUCHESS MERINO BLANKETS

The manufacturer recommends Hand wash only, but with great care, use of the correct detergent, a high quality washing machine (we prefer a modern Miele!) set on no/slow spin cool/cold wool setting, you can obtain good results.