Plunging temperatures call for layers and cozy clothing. Dense fabrics like angora, cashmere and wool have greater bulk, which allow for these particular textiles to retain heat. Though its beauty and warmth is unparalleled, caring for wool can be troublesome and the seemingly best approach would be to have the “professionals” at the dry cleaners deal with the dirty work. FALSE.
Here are four easy DIY hacks to keep your woolen delicates looking their best:
Tip No. 1
When it comes to “finicky” garments, I.E. wool, silk, chiffon, organza, etc., always ensure that that the garment is the LAST item you put on and the FIRST item you remove. For example, always apply your perfume and dress yourself first, then apply any jewelry. At night, remove jewelry first, then undress. Jewelry can snag clothing while perfumes and deodorants can cause stains and discoloration.
Tip No. 2
Remember to read the label before washing/drying. It’s better to wash wool clothing in cold water than to dry clean, and also be sure to separate it from other fabrics. Heat is wool’s enemy and leads to shrinking.
Tip No. 3
Be sure to wash your garment inside out to prevent damage. Add a pinch of salt to the water to keep colors from bleeding. I recommend using your bathroom sink (the perfect size for one item of clothing), adding 3-5 drops of a mild detergent specifically designed for wool and letting the item soak for 10 – 15 minutes.
Tip No. 4
Do not wring wool clothing to rinse. Instead, roll the sweater into a ball and gently squeeze the water out. Discard the water and refill with clean water to rinse any excess detergent. Repeat the above steps if needed. Note: Excessive water use can be harmful to such fabrics.
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