Robust yet breathable, a wool garment never fails to add a certain kind of quality to any wardrobe. A fibre that is immediately recognisable, for centuries wool has been a shorthand for durability and sustainability. Famous for its innate versatility and practical benefits, wool, composed of natural proteins, is a complex fibre with high performance features. As a driver of sustainable change, wool responds aesthetically (and functionally) to both the intentions of the designer, in relation to assembly and placement, and to the consumer, in how it is nurtured and maintained. The structure of wool therefore exhibits certain external topographies which are defined by fibre size, permeability and, at a microscopic level, the natural coil of the yarn. These parameters influence the lifespan of the textile, and therefore, the measures needed to maintain garment quality.
So you’ve bought a wool garment from us at Yan Tan, it's been shipped from our lovely factory in Leicester, but do you know how to care for it? Discover the best ways to look after your wool garments, so they last in your wardrobe for years to come.
To avoid wrinkles and misshaping, wool garments should be folded not hung. Excessive hanging can cause the fibres to stretch. Despite wools natural elasticity, the garment can become permanently misshapen if not stored correctly.
When wet, dry your wool garment flat away from direct sunlight or heat. To remove excess water, press gently inside a towel, do not twist, roll, or wring out.
When washing, turn your garment inside out and wash at a temperature no higher than 30oC. Think tepid water, not boiling. Ensure that you use wool specific detergents and keep garment agitation to the minimum, on a low spin cycle.
To remove bobbles or loose fibres use a soft garment comb or remove gently by hand. Brush garments length wise to remove surface debris, which can dull the appearance.
Wash As Little As Often
The natural crimp and elasticity of wool withstands constant wear. Wools naturally breathable quality means that the fibres can absorb sizeable quantities of moisture vapour and transfer it outward to evaporate into the atmosphere. This results in low odour absorption and a reduced need to wash. To refresh, simply air the garment or steam gently to remove any wrinkles. Small stains can be blotted with cold water.
Organic Cotton Storage Bags
Store your folded wool garment in the dedicated organic cotton bag provided with every Yan Tan order. Organic cotton is produced in healthier soil, utilises zero polluting pesticide substances in the farming process, saves water and helps farmers feed their families. Each organic cotton bag is accredited through the global organic textile standards and certified by the Soil Association. Store your knitted garments in a drawer rather than on a hanger in your wardrobe as knitwear grows in length over time. Moths love natural fibres such as wool and therefore storing your garment within a cotton bag helps maintain garment quality and prevent moth damage, who are especially prevalent in April/ May and August/September as the moth cycle repeats.