Fine merino wool has been prized as one of the most luxurious fabrics in the world. And that’s not without good reason. The fiber is known for its supreme softness, breathability, great heat insulating and temperature regulating qualities. But this is just the beginning of the list. Due to its special structure, natural merino wool has a self-cleaning effect and therefore does not need to be washed frequently.
Even so, merino wool is quite delicate when it comes to washing. Below we share some tips on how to properly take care of your blanket and ensure it remains a well-loved accessory for many seasons to come.
HOW TO WASH A MERINO WOOL BLANKET?
As mentioned before, merino wool has a self-cleaning ability, so the best alternative to washing would be to air the throw outdoors in humid weather if it has no visible stains. If you’re dealing with a recent stain, handwashing is always the best and safest method. By using a washing machine you could end up degrading the yarns.
- Add neutral or wool soap to a wash basin or sink filled with cool or lukewarm water.
- Submerge the throw and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute the soap. Let it soak for 5 - 10 minutes. Do not scrub or otherwise it can damage the fiber.
- Rinse well with cool water.
- Roll it up inside a large towel to remove excess water.
If the blanket is still dirty, it will need to be dry-cleaned.
HOW TO DRY A MERINO WOOL BLANKET?
Simply lay the blanket flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or a flat surface and let it dry naturally. Do not tumble dry! When drying, avoid direct sunlight and other sources of heat, such as the radiator.
HOW TO IRON A MERINO WOOL BLANKET?
- Set your iron to “wool” mode or low heat setting.
- Lay the throw flat, reshape and size gently by hand.
- Spray a little water to the surface or use the steaming function. Do not apply heavy pressure on the blanket whilst ironing.
- After ironing leave the blanket on a flat surface for about 5 minutes to prevent further creasing