How To Look After Your Wool Blanket
How to look after your wool blanket
One of my most frequently asked questions is how I clean or wash my wool blanket. Before you reach for the washing machine, please read this helpful guide.
Wool is among one of the most amazing and durable natural fibres. Not only are they soft and warm they are difficult to stain and damage unlike manmade fibres.
Many people often believe that wool is hard to look after and keep clean. However, wool blankets are easy to care for, and you don't need to wash them often, in fact, it's best to wash them as sparingly as possible. This often comes as a surprise to people, and I often met with a look of horror. As consumers, we are conditioned to wash our clothes after each wear. Manmade clothing absorbs moisture, and this traps bacteria which then causes odour. Of course, you’re going to wash it. Wool and other natural fibres are different. They actually breathe and repel dirt and odour.
To ensure your wool blanket lasts a lifetime here are some of our top tips for caring for your wool blanket.
Air blankets outside
We find wool doesn’t need washing as often as man-made materials. A good shake and hanging on the line outside on a dry day can really refresh your blanket. This also dissipates any odour.
Like all fabrics in the home, debris - like crumbs and pet hair - sometimes get stuck in wool. A lint roller or soft-bristle brush can gently remove debris from your blanket. This is best done gently in the direction of the wool to avoid pulling and snagging the wool.
Clean a stain
Wool is naturally water repellent so liquid stains don't happen very often, however, if left they will begin to soak in. The longer stains or spills remain on the fabric the more difficult they become to remove as they will dry into the fabric. So, if you spill on a blanket shake off the liquid as soon as possible. If unfortunately, there is a stain use warm water and a mild detergent suitable for wool to spot clean as soon as possible. Soak the stain and don’t scrub the fabric, instead blot with a soft cloth.
If your blanket needs a wash, make sure you follow the instructions on the care label. Different wools will need caring for differently. If the label allows for machine washing, make sure this is on a gently wool wash cycle and use a gentle wool detergent. Wash wool on a Cold Wash Only, as heat can shrink the blanket. Do not spin! Spinning the blanket can also create shrinkage. Never put a wool blanket on a dryer setting. Never use fabric conditioner, You will ruin the wool fibres.
Never use a tumble dryer to dry a wool blanket, it will destroy the softness of your blanket and shrink it. It is best to hang them flat on a clothesline either inside or outside. Avoid places too near a radiator or other heat source.
We hope this helps you care for your wool blanket. Please remember this is a guideline only and we cannot accept responsibility for any damage caused to your blanket by use of these guidelines. If in doubt, seek the advice of a professional cleaning company.