In general, merino garments need less washing than cotton and synthetic fibers. Merino fibers have a natural protective layer that helps stains from being absorbed. Any dirt of stains will stay on the surface, which makes it easier to brush off or lift out.
Also, merino wool contains lanolin, which has antibacterial properties, resulting in reduced human body odor. This means that the garments can be worn for a considerable amount of time before it eventually needs washing. After a day of use, we recommend that you simply ‘shake’ the garment a bit, hang them to dry and they are good to go for the next day too!
Now, the garments will need washing at some point too! Here are some tips & tricks on how to best take care of your Woolami garment to make it last as long as possible!
You can either hand wash them or wash them in the machine. If you wash them in machine, wash them at maximum 40°C and on ‘gentle’ cycle. Some machines even have a ‘Special Wool’ program. We also recommend that you only use detergent recommended for wool. No need for fabric softener. No need for soaking.
Do not use bleach on the garments, as this will ruin the fabric. If you have a difficult stain, see below our Stain Guide.
Do not tumble dry
We recommend line drying of the garment. When you take it out of the washing machine, we recommend that you stretch into shape when still wet.
Normally, you will not need to iron the Woolami garments as they stay in great shape as they are. If you want to iron, please only use low heat.
Here are some tips in case you have a difficult stain that you want to get out. When treating stain, it is important to ensure they are fully removed before ironing. The heat from ironing can make a stain permanent.
Dab gently with an absorbent, lint free cloth to remove as much excess liquid as possible. Sponge the area sparingly with a mixture of warm water and surgical spirit in equal parts.
Mix rubbing alcohol and white vinegar in equal parts, soak a lint free cloth in the solution and lightly dab the stained area before pressing gently with an absorbent cloth.
Remove excess blood immediately with a damp sponge, then gently dab the area using undiluted white vinegar followed by cold water.
If a greasy mark forms, firstly scrape the surface of the stain with a spoon or knife to remove any excess oil. Then soak a lint free cloth in proprietary grease remover or white spirit and gently dab the area.
Dab gently around the edge of the stain with a cloth soaked in white spirit before following instructions for black coffee
Dab gently with a lint free cloth soaked in white
spirit. Repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar.
Fruit/Fruit Juice/Red Wine
Immediately dab the stain with a mixture of surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol and water (3:1ratio).
Apply soap very carefully (using a mild tablet soap or flakes) or dab gently with a lint free cloth soaked in surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol.
Dab gently with a lint free cloth soaked in white spirit. Repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar or surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol.
Rub gently with a lint free cloth soaked in turpentine or spot cleaning spray or fluid. Rinse with mild soapy water.
Scrape with a spoon or knife to remove excess then dab gently with a solution of one teaspoon of approved wool detergent with one teaspoon of white vinegar dissolved in one liter of warm water.
Dab gently with clean warm water followed by a gentle detergent solution.
Rinse in cold water, then add diluted white vinegar solution, then rinse thoroughly in cold water.