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How to care for merino wool

Merino wool is one of the world’s most resilient, versatile and luxurious natural fibres. We have put together a guide to help you care for your merino wool garment and keep it looking it’s best. Please check the care label carefully to see if the garment is to be hand or machine washed.

Wearing – Pilling is normal for any natural fibre however we recommend reducing exposure to friction by: avoiding wearing jewellery that may snag & avoiding excessive rubbing on garments.

Machine Washing - Machine wash in a cold or warm wash. Use environmentally friendly approved liquid wool detergent. Separate light from darks. Wash prints inside out.

Hand Wash - Applies to Hand Knits and Knitwear and our 8ply merino yarn (including Possum Merino and Angora Merino). Gently handwash in luke warm water. Use only approved liquid wool detergent. Rinse well. To get rid of excess water, do not wring, instead roll your garment up in a towel and gently press to absorb. Lay flat in shade to dry.  Please do not tumble dry.

Stains - Should you find yourself dealing with a stain, immediately apply a 
solvent-based stain remover such as eucalyptus oil. Apply it in small amounts, working inwards on the stain to avoid it from spreading.

We emphasise that you must use an approved liquid wool detergent as common laundry powders contain whiteners, which act like a bleach. This can create holes and laders in the garment.

 

 

Storage Our beautiful PERRIAM merino / wool garments are susceptible to moth holes due to their natural fabrication. The larvae of the clothes moth only eats natural fibres usually wool. If you find hole appearing in your woollen sweaters or merino garments it is maybe an indication of clothes moth infestation.

Clothes moths are seldom seen because unlike many other moths they avoid light. They prefer dark, undisturbed areas such as wardrobes, basements and roof voids, and tend to live in corners or in folds of fabric. Clothes moth adults do not feed so they cause no injury to fabrics. However, the adults produce eggs which hatch into the fabric-eating larvae.

The best way to avoid clothes moths are to store any merino / woollen garments in tightly sealed plastic storage bags or bins after washing. Alternatively keep your closet open and move garments often to avoid as moths hate light and movement

 Dry line in shade // Do not tumble dry // Do not bleach


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