With boiled wool fabric becoming increasingly popular in designer coats, jackets and vests, it is always far better refer to the care instructions on the label of one’s specific garment.
However, if you don’t have these instructions, here are a few pointers to help keep this original apparel in tip-top shape:
DON’T use extensive dry cleaning in your garment. The wool contains natural oils that protect the fiber. The harsh dry cleaning chemicals can breakdown these oils and as time passes can diminish the elegant luster of this original fabric.
Boiled wool fabric worn on the skin may be hand-washed, as needed, in lukewarm water. A special wool detergent is highly recommended. Turn the garment inside out and Move them gently through the water. Avoid any stretching, rubbing or wringing of the fabric. Gently press or squeeze the water out; then roll the garment up in a tub towel to eliminate excess water. Lay flat to dry. If you want, when almost dry, you may gently steam your boiled wool garment from the wrong side. Recommended iron temperature setting # 2. Place a wet dish towel involving the fabric and iron to prevent scorching. Make use of a tapping motion, not an ironing motion.
Don’t launder your apparel in a top-loading washer by having an agitator. This can cause excessive felting of the wool. However, a modern front loading washer that gives a special “wool cycle” will gently rock the garment back and forth. To dry after machine washing, follow exactly the same instructions listed for hand washing. Take care never to over-launder your boiled wool clothing.
Drying your coat or jacket in a dryer is not recommended. Experience of motion and heat could cause excess felting of the fabric.
Hanging your garment in a steam-filled bathroom can eliminate musty odors and wrinkles. Within only a few hours the garment will smell naturally fresh; and the contact with humidity will greatly reduce the aftereffect of wrinkles, as a result of the resilience and form recovery characteristics of the natural wool fabric.