There’s nothing cozier than a well-loved, well-worn sweater. With the right care, your sweaters should last you through the years. Here’s a guide on how to care, dry, and store your sweaters. Of course, every sweater has its own unique set of washing and caring instructions which is why it’s important to always check the care label first.
How to WASH AND CARE
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that most of our sweaters can be hand-washed. (In fact, hand-washing demands less impact on the environment.)
- To wash, fill up a basin or tub with cool water and add a mild soap. Swirl sweater gently in water and then rinse.
- After washing, gently squeeze water out of the sweater. Lay it flat on a towel and roll it up like a sleeping bag. Be careful not to wring or twist out the water from a sweater.
- Merino wool tends to pill naturally. This happens when the wool rubs against something else or itself. Make it a habit to remove the pills after washing by hand with a clothing brush.
How to DRY
- Lay sweaters flat to dry to prevent them from drooping.
- You can give your sweaters a fresh steam after drying.
How to STORE
- Fold sweaters, rather than hang them, to prevent drooping.
- When it comes to wool sweaters, always wash or have them dry cleaned before storing them away for next season. Natural oils and scents can attract clothes moths.
- Optional: store with mothballs to keep clothes moths away. If you don’t like mothballs, you can store them with satchets containing dried herbs (lavender, eucalyptus, patchouli).