How to treat your wool

How do you prevent the wool sweater from shrinking? Which is better - machine or hand wash? Below you can find out how to treat wool correct.

HAND OR MACHINE WASH?

Use Wool Wash whether you wash by hand or by machine. The wool and hand washing programs on modern machines are more gentle than hand washing. In such programs the garments get perfect temperature, movement and spin. Wool Wash preserves colors, including the natural wool white, it is gentle on your woolen garments and makes them extra nice and soft.

Always wash woolen garments before use. Wool is a protein fiber and undergoes a lot in the production process. When you wash the wool, the fibers close and make the wool garment more durable.

HOW TO DRY WOOL GARMENTS

Wool should be spinned and hung to dry in the air naturally. If you choose to handwash rather than use the washing machine, spin is recommended in the machine after washing.
If you do not have a machine, gently squeeze the water out and do not twist, roll it in a towel or dry flat.

HOW TO REMOVE STAINS ON WOOL

På Stell Lemon Soap is effective and gentle on your woolen garments. Put the garment in some lukewarm water and rub gently with the soap on the stain. If the stain is old or difficult, leave the garment in water after rubbing the soap. It may vary how long you have to leave it. Try it out – new spots disappear faster than old ones. Thereafter machinewash the garment as usual with Wool Wash.

Remove stains on fine wool such as cashmere or alpaca with Lemon Foam. Massage the foam onto the stain and rinse or wipe off all soap immediately with a wet cloth. Repeat if necessary.

HOW TO DE-PILL WOOL GARMENTS

Wool should only be washed together with wool. Other types of fabrics may be the reason why your woolen garments get pilled.
Pilling may also occur if a woolen garment is used in direct contact synthetic garments. Always check the content of the wool garment when buying it. If there is a mixture containing nylon, there is a fair chance for pilling.

You can de-pill with a sweater comb. Do not use tape or brush as this will cause the wool fibers to spread more than necessary. We recommend to steam your woolen garment to make the wool regaining its natural shine.

WHY HAS THE GARMENT CHANGED SHAPE?

This can either be because you have used the wrong detergent or washed it too often. If a garment is dripping wet and thus heavy, it will easily pull out of shape when drying on clothes hangers.
Too little spin can also cause problems. Do not dry woolen clothing on hangers unless it is lightweight.

If the garment has shrunk, try pulling it out again. In wet conditions the garments can be stretched in shape.

WOOL DETERGENT WITH OR WITHOUT LANOLIN?

Lanolin is a strong allergen and should only be in garments that are to be water-repellent, such as diaper pants or seat pads in wool. It is the wool fibers together with the air pores in the wool that provide the good heat regulation. Lanolin is a fat that clogs the pores of the wool and reduces this property.

På Stell Wool Wash does not contain lanolin, treats your wool garments gently, is kind to the skin, makes the wool silky soft and preserves the colors.

If you need to add lanolin, we recommend that you do it with a wool cure.