The season of warm and soft clothes is officially gone! It is time to pack safety all your favourite cashmere scarfs, Merino tracksuits, Angora sweaters and say them ‘Wake you up, when September ends…’
I can give you lots of reasons why to love winter clothes (and not only them), that is why Mrs Hughes decides to share some useful tips how to care for your delicate clothes. Because each garment and fabric have their own charm and deserve their special attention and care.
And now – Her Majesty the wool! An elastic fiber derived from the sheep, goat, camel, alpaca, llama, rabbit. Wool is fire retardant and resistant to water, odour, and stains. The crimp retains heat and repels cold.
It might be the fact I was born in a snowy winter day, but I really love all the variety and comfy of the woollen clothes. But no more words, let start to work – how to wash and care for our favourite woollen clothes. I prepared some pictures with my favourite sweaters, made by Merino wool, Cashmere and Alpaca.
First and most important, I always do hand-wash for my woollen garments. This is the best and safest way to care for them. The water temperature must be cool, nice for you hands. Тhe fibers become elastic, soft and absorb the washing product and conditioner very well. Hot water will destroy and shrank the clothes, and too cold water makes the fabric and your hands stiff.
The products I used in this post are a present from my mum by one of her trips around Europe. She gifted me a nice cashmere sweater and this care set. I love the smell and how soft my stuff is after washing! If you are looking for an wool and cashmere care set – NET-A-PORTER has a nice and affordable offer!
Woollen clothes are delicate and you have to be careful with the washing. Do not rub too intensive, just submerge and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Gently focus on susceptible areas such as underarms, necklines and cuffs.
Soak for 15-30 minutes, then rinse richly by running cool water through the item. Do not wring, press the water out of the item until it almost stops dripping. I have a secret how to remove excess water – lay down the item in its original shape on a clean white towel and roll together. The towel will absorb the water and the item is not destroyed or wrinkled. Leave it to dry fully by laying it on a drying rack in its original shape.
Never use tumble dryer! Never hang wet woollens! During the drying avoid direct sunlight or heat sources, they can destroy, shrank or yellow the garments. Steaming is highly recommended instead ironing.
Next important step in care for woollen stuff is de-pilling. Some yarns pill more than others. For finer-gauge pills you can use a pilling comb – just gently glide the comb across. For heavier-gauge pills, use the Sweater Stone.
The Cashmere brush is the miracle, which removes fuzz and hair. And it is in my must-have list. I am still looking for a good offer to buy it and when I find it, I will share a link for you. Store your knits always folded to prevent distorting and stretching, be sure you are well supplied with moth killers. I use Acana moth killer sachet for my drawers and wardrobes.
And my favorite finish – the refreshment spray, it smells amazing. Refresh your garments between wears with few sprays and leave to dry.
The sun outside reminds us to pack the sweaters and unpack the nice spring outfits. Do not forget to book your Mrs Hughes Maid to do it instead you and organise your closet for the upcoming season.