Merino Wool Care
Merino wool is a very delicate material — that’s what gives it that softness we all love! It does mean a need for gentle handling and the right care. But if you follow these instructions, your blanket will stay looking and feeling as good as the day it arrived for a very long time.
I wouldn't always recommend washing chunky merino wool however if you need to you can follow these instructions very carefully!
- Blankets are Hand Wash only in cool water (avoid hot water as heat may shrink wool), if you have a hand wash wool setting on your machine you may use that, again on cool.
- If you do use a machine, ensure the blanket has little room to move around in the drum (if there is space try adding an old sheet to fill it out and colour catcher sheet too, avoiding rough materials to pack out), the more the blanket can rub against itself the more likely it is to over felt in the machine.
- What is felting I hear you ask..felting is the process by which animal fibers condense and bind together to create a dense and durable fabric, this is not what we want for our blankets.
- Felting wool involves 3 things, Heat, Soap & Agitation so reducing all of this will help ensure your blanket is safe.
- To reduce the chance of your blanket misshaping in the machine try placing inside a pillow case or laundry bag, you will still need to pack out the machine as well.
- Use wool specific soap, no bleach or fabric softener (bleach destroys the Merino wool fibres, and fabric softener coats those fibres—reducing their ability to naturally manage moisture and regulate body temperature).
- It is not advisable to fully submerse when hand washing the Blanket concentrate on soiled area only.
- Avoid scrubbing as this will cause damage, simply dab soiled areas.
- Reshape whilst damp & dry flat to avoid misshaping.
- Tip. roll the blanket between two towels squeezing as you go to remove as much moisture as you can before rolling back out, reshaping and then leave to dry flat.
- If you have a coloured blanket, colour can run whilst wet so avoid drying on top of anything that soaks in moisture.
OH NO! I split something on my lovely blanket!
If you spill on your merino blanket, clean it immediately! The longer you wait before removing it, the more likely it is to permanently stain. If you accidentally spilled something like coffee or wine on it, run that area of the blanket under cold water. Once the stain has been washed out, put the wet part of the blanket two towels and give it a gentle squeeze (avoid rubbing at all times). Afterward, put the blanket on a surface where it’s going to get a lot of air and make sure to flip it periodically until it dries.
Give the blanket a shake occasionally!
Blankets will attract dust, lint, and pet hair due to static electricity. You might be inclined to pick these off using your fingers, but with large blankets this can end up taking hours. Save time and give your blanket a gently shake, and most of the stuff stuck to it will come off. If your merino blanket gets a deformed stitch, a shake will take care of that, too.
My blanket is starting to pile what should I do?
Pilling will occur in merino wool blankets with use. The heavier the use, the more pilling. Try not to lay the blanket on rough surfaces such as velvet or carpet as movement on them can damage the fibres. Avoid using a pile remover tool as this can also damage the wool. Just gently pinch the part that’s pilled and pull on it in the direction of the wool. If you’re taking off several of these at a time, rub them together in your hands to compile.
All these care tips apply to our blankets in Super Chunky Bella & Luna, Half Chunky Cassie and the 3 Strand Chunky Trixie Blankets. Please Do Not put our cushions in the washing machine, instead follow the instructions to attempt to remove a stain avoiding soaking through the filling.
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