Merino Wool Care Instructions.
The Trekmates guide to caring for your Merino garments is very simple and easy to do.
There are a few simple guidelines to follow that will prolong the longevity of your purchase and keep your merino wool base layers in tip-top condition.
A quick summary of how to care for merino wool.
- - Wash at low temperature on a gentle machine cycle
- - Do not tumble dry
- - Line dry
- - Do not wring to remove excess water
- - Do not use bleach
- - Do not use fabric softener
- - Do not dry clean
- - Use a cool iron avoiding prints
- - Use a mild, non-biological detergent
Our advice is designed to protect the merino wool from:
Pilling, this is the technical name for the unsightly little balls of fluff that can develop on the surface of your knitted clothes.
Piling is caused when fibres in the yarn become agitated due to friction. Or to put it in simpler terms when something is repeated rubbed against a garment. This can be caused by a bag or straps rubbing against your side or shoulder while wearing the garment. If this is the case cover the straps with a tightly woven fabric to protect the wool.
Piling can also be caused during a wash cycle. To reduce the risk use a gentle wool/ hand wash cycle which will also have a gentle spin cycle. This should also help your garment to maintain its shape.
Snagging, pulling the yarns in the garment
Snagging is what happens when you scratch something sharp against your garment. Typically the antagonist can be the zip on your trousers, jacket or jewellery. Snags lead to holes so it is better to be careful when wearing sharp edges with merino wool.
Shrinkage is exactly as it suggests, when a garment becomes smaller due to poor care. Extreme shrinkage will result in felting.
Shrinkage happens when the wool has been exposed to high temperatures. This is why we advise against tumble drying merino wool at all costs. The garment will usually dry over night if hung in a warm room. Merino garments should be machine washed at a low temperature, not exceeding 30°, if possible on a specialised wool/ hand wash cycle. Lastly, should your location demand, garments can also be hand washed at cool temperatures.
Body odour in merino wool is unlikely. It naturally has antibacterial properties that draws moisture (sweat) away from the body and release it. This eliminates the build up of offensive whiffs. If your garment is 100% merino wool it shouldn’t develop any unpleasant odours providing you air it in between wears and keep it clean.
Moth caterpillars (larvae) eat the wool fibres in merino wool causing holes to appear. This typically occurs when merino wool garments are stored away for extended periods. Before storing merino wool we suggest the garment is clean beforehand.
Cedar wood is a good natural deterrent to moths, that’s why we have attached two cedar wood balls to each merino wool garment. Lay them between garments in storage.
Otherwise what better excuse to wear your merino and venture into the great outdoors!