How to care for your merino clothing

There are generally four options for cleaning your Merino wool sweater.

1. Dry Clean Only Your sweater should be taken to a professional dry cleaner to ensure the superior quality of your sweater is maintained upon cleaning.

2. Hand Wash Hand wash in clean, lukewarm water, approximately 30°C, using a mild and gentle, preferably Woolmark-approved, detergent. Allow to soak for a period of 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly firstly in lukewarm water, then finally in cold water.

3. Machine Washable Sweaters carrying the Woolmark Machine Washable label can be safely machine washed in a washing machine multiple times, without shrinkage taking place. Ideally garments carrying such labels should be washed on the wool setting (usually gentle action at 40°C). If your washing machine does not have a wool cycle, then it is recommended to use the cold water wash or wash cycle for delicates. It is recommended that Merino wool sweaters carrying the machine washable label are flat dried after washing.

4. Total Easy Care Some specially manufactured Merino wool sweaters carry a Total Easy Care label. This means that such sweaters can be safely machine washed (as per machine washable garments above), but in addition can be dried in a tumble dryer on a low heat setting. Important notes on cleaning (washing) Sweaters carrying either the Machine Washable or Total Easy Care care claim label can, if needed, be cleaned either by gentle hand washing or dry cleaning. Irrespective of the method of cleaning, it is highly recommended that the sweater is laundered inside-out. This will protect the sweater’s outer surface, and help to maintain its as new look for longer. Although Merino wool sweaters are manufactured to a very high colour fastness to minimise the risk of colour bleeding or fading, it is recommended dark or brightly coloured garments are never washed with pale shades or whites. To avoid the possibility of any colour transfer from one garment to another, after washing never leave wet garments stacked up on one another, for example in a wash basket, for any length of time.

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