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This is our recommended method for washing our wares. It is important to remember that wool products shrink and/or felt (band or mass together) when they undergo temperature changes while wet (i.e., the greater the temperature change and/or agitation, the greater the risk of shrinking and felting). Machine washing is therefore extremely hard on the fibers we use.
For prime hand washing conditions, please follow these guidelines:
Water temperature should remain cool at a maximum of 86°F (30°C)
Use only mild neutral soap.
Do not use chlorine bleach or any other detergent.
Remove any excess water carefully, but avoid agitation by twisting and wringing. We do not recommend using a dryer. The best option is to to lay the product on a towel and then allow it to dry naturally in the breeze. Make sure to straighten the seams by hand to reduce wrinkling. Do not use a brush to smooth the fabric - after it has dried, you may touch up wrinkles by using a cold iron.
Set iron on the “wool” setting and add water for steam. Always use steam heat when pressing. Use a cloth when top pressing.
It is important to make sure the item is completely dry before storing, and to also ensure it is protected from moths (e.g., store items in cedar chests, plastic zip-lock containers, or sealed plastic tubs). Sachets of dried lavender can also be helpful. We do not recommend using mothballs.
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