Winters are on a roll and you take
out all your lovely sweaters and cardigans to keep you warm. This is a season
to experiment with colors, woolens, sweaters and cardigans and mufflers but
taking care of them could be a tricky job. Wool is delicate natural fiber and
hence needs utmost care while washing and storing or else woolen garments will
lose their color, shape and softness. Know how to take care of your woolens and
make them last.
Woolens are more capable to
attract and breed bacteria and dust particles in them. Hence regular brushing
of the jackets and coats is important to keep them clean for a long time. Do
this and you can wear them without getting any skin allergy or rashes.
Store your woolens dry and keep
sun drying them. This helps in taking out all the moisture out from them thus
killing all the germs in them. Sun drying also leaves the woolens warm and
fluffy, and provides a heavenly feeling when you wear them.
To prevent damage, fold and store
your heavy sweaters instead of hanging them in the cupboards. Hanging heavy
woolens on the hangers causes forming of dimples in the shoulder areas of the
sweater and stretches them. This destroys the shape of the sweater and makes it
look loose on you. Forming dimples on the shoulders also causes tearing of the
Woolens are made up of the fur of
sheep and yak and hence are very delicate. To provide a long life to the
woolens, always use mild soap and lukewarm water. Mild soap would keep the
essential oils and luster intact in the woolens and maintain its shiny and soft
appearance. Luke warm water helps to kill all the germs present in the woolens
and keeps them hygienic.
Sweaters and cardigans often tend
to form balls on their surface, which is due to friction while rubbing against
other objects. These are the broken or torn threads of wool which curl and
tangle to form minute balls on the surface. Most of these parts are in the
elbow area and the balls make them look old and unattractive. Use small razors
to take out all the balls out of your woolens and make them look like new
- Never ever bleach your woolens
to remove stains and dirt. This would remove color from the wool and make it
look old and dull. Never use detergents which contain bleach in them.
- Avoid wearing the same woolen garment continuously for more than three
days. Give your favorite woolens a rest as they take time to regain their
original shape. Wearing the same woolen clothes everyday can cause early damage
and make them look old and dull.
Never ever expose the woolens to direct sunlight. When clothes are dried
in harsh sunlight, they tend to lose color, shape and their softness. Sun dry
them in shade to maintain the color and oftness of your woolens.
When you take out woolens from the trunks and old locked cupboards, hang
them in a steamy room for a couple of minutes. This will remove the wrinkles
and germs from your woolens.
In case your woolens are vintage animal fur, it is advised that you
first use a wet cloth for cleaning and then proceed to washing. In this
process, most of the dirt and stains would go away and sometimes you might not
need to wash them. Gentle wiping helps the fur to stay at their place and
prevent them from getting harmed and damaged.
Storing your woolens after winters could be a tricky job. As you are not going
to check on them every month, make sure that you provide enough shield to keep
them protected. Naphthalene balls are very important in such cases. They will
keep the woolens safe from moths. Wrap some naphthalene balls and keep them
between the stack of your woolens. Always wash them, fold them properly and
then store them in the trunks and cupboards.