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Caring for Your Woolens

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The following information is provided for your general information. We DO NOT, however, guarantee the results of home washing.

The Basics...

Sun Bleaching

For wool-fill bedding, sun-bleaching is a good, simple practice to keep your bedding sterile and fresh. Sun bleaching every one to three months reduces the need for washing. To do so, simply remove your bedding from any covering it may be in (duvet covers or pillow cases) and lay it out in a clean, sunny spot outside for a few hours during the middle of the day when the suns intensity is at its highest. Flip the bedding over during this time so that both sides receive direct sunlight.

The sun's powerful energy will sanitize your bedding and the outside air will freshen it up. 

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When washing wool products, the important thing is not to agitate the wool, as this causes the fibers to mat together and shrink. Soaking and spinning, though, are fine.

The following items can be washed in a top-loading washing machine by following our simple wash instructions:

  • Custom Woolen Mills comforters* (all sizes if you have a large washing machine, size double or smaller for standard size machines)
  • Custom Woolen Mills sleeping bags
  • Custom Woolen Mills mattress pads (all sizes)
  • Hand-knit and machine knit items such as sweaters, socks**, mitts, and hats
*Some printed fabrics may fade if washed or dry cleaned
**Custom Woolen Mills machine-knit socks can be washed in your machine on delicate cycle and hung to dry, or can be washed with our instructions below.

Wash Instructions for Top-Loading Washing Machines

  1. Fill your machine with warm water and soap. Agitate the water to dissolve the soap.
  2. Stop the machine and add your wool.
  3. Plunge gently up and down by hand to clean.
  4. Let soak for a 15 minutes.
  5. Set machine to spin and turn it on, allowing the machine to spin out the soapy water.
  6. Fill your machine again with warm water to rinse.
  7. Stop the machine (do not allow it to agitate the wool).
  8. If desired, add fabric softener.
  9. Plunge gently up and down by hand to rinse.
  10. Let soak for 15 minutes.
  11. Set machine to spin and turn it on, allowing the machine to spin out the rinse water.
  12. Hang to dry: comforters, sleeping bags, mattress pads, socks, mitts or hats.
    Lay flat to dry: sweaters.
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Just remember... DO NOT agitate the wool!
“Why don’t sheep shrink in the rain?” 

“They don’t get agitated!” – a Preachism

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