Winter clothes, like sweaters, scarves, and woolen garments, require special care to maintain their quality and longevity. Unlike cotton or synthetic fabrics, wool is a delicate natural fiber that demands gentle handling. In this guide, we'll provide you with essential tips on washing, treating stains, drying, and storing your winter wear to ensure they stay as good as new.
Check the washing instructions
Always refer to the wash care label in garments for washing instructions. While most winter clothes recommend hand-washing, some may be machine-washable. Following the label's instructions is crucial for optimal care.
Hand-washing woolen clothes
- Use a gentle, wool-safe detergent like Ethiek Silk & Wool Bio Detergent liquid.
- Pre-treat stains before washing and avoid soaking for more than ten minutes.
- Rinse twice in warm water, avoiding wringing to prevent distortion of fibers.
Machine-washing winter clothes
- Use detergent that takes care for winter wear clothes (have a look at our Eco-Friendly Detergent liquid specially made for wool and silk)
- Turn garments inside out and use the delicate or wool cycle with cold water.
- Wash wool items separately to prevent snags from hooks or buttons.
Act promptly to treat stains:
- Pre-treat with a wool-safe liquid detergent before handwashing.
- Wash in the wool or gentle cycle with cool water or handwash as per the wash care label
- Air-dry the garment on a soft, dry towel under indirect sunlight. Do not hang a woolen garment as it may stretch out. Always flat dry.
Handle woolen garments with care:
- Avoid wringing or using a fast spin cycle.
- Squeeze out water by rolling the garment in a towel.
- Dry flat to maintain the garment's shape.
Cleaning winter clothes not made of wool
Tips for washing and drying down jackets:
- Brush off dirt gently and use a gentle liquid detergent.
- Use warm water on a "hand-wash" or "delicate" setting.
- Run a rinse cycle and air-dry, avoiding wringing.
Keeping them smelling fresh
- Wear an undershirt to reduce frequent washing.
- Deodorize wool garments outdoors in mild sunlight.
- Use sachets of potpourri or dried herbs in storage to maintain a fresh fragrance.
Ironing to remove wrinkles
Always use a steam iron and iron in a wool setting with low heat.
Tips for storing winter clothes:
Opt for a storage space that is cool and dry. Fluctuations in temperature can be detrimental to your clothing. Additionally, avoid humid environments to prevent the formation of mold.
Triple-fold or roll sweaters:
When stashing away your sweaters, steer clear of double-folding to prevent creases in the middle. Instead, opt for a triple-fold or, even better, roll them up. This method ensures safe storage while retaining the garment's original shape.
Resist the temptation to cram your winter clothes onto a shelf. Stack them with ample space to maintain their shape. A well-organized storage space not only preserves the integrity of your garments but also makes it easier to retrieve them when needed.
Utilize protective bags or covers:
Before stowing your winter clothes in the cupboard, consider placing them in protective bags or cloth covers. This additional layer acts as a shield against environmental factors such as air, potential moth damage, and moisture, ensuring your garments stay fresh and ready to wear.
Remember, winter is a season of warmth and coziness, and your winter clothes play a crucial role in providing that comfort. By following these storage tips, you can greet the next winter with a wardrobe that's as fresh and inviting as the season itself.
And here's a little secret: you don't need to break the bank on dry cleaning. Armed with the right tips and tricks, you can easily hand-wash your winter clothes at home, saving both money and the longevity of your beloved garments. Stay cozy and ready to embrace winter whenever it arrives!
Can I use regular detergent for washing woolen clothes?
Do not use a regular detergent as a regular detergent contains enzymes which can harm the woolen fabric. Always use an enzyme free detergent like Ethiek’s wool detergent liquid specially imported from the UK.
How often should I wash my woolen clothes?
Wool garments don't need frequent washing. Wearing an undershirt can help reduce the need for washing.
How should I store my winter clothes during the off-season?
Store them in a cool, dry place with proper ventilation. Consider using covered boxes with mothballs for added protection.
Is dry cleaning necessary for winter clothes?
If dry cleaning seems expensive, with proper care and an enzyme free detergent, you can hand-wash your winter clothes at home. Follow the recommended guideline in the wash care label for each garment.