A Long And Happy Life For Your Knitwear!
Tips On How To Care For Your Wool Garments
A Long And Happy Life For Your Knitwear! Tips On How To Care For Your Wool Garments 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 is composed of natural proteins and is a complex fibre with high performance features, the gift that keeps giving!
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.
Lab coats on! Ready for some science? The structure of wool 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. Sheep turn grass into wool, what’s your superpower?!
So you’ve bought a wool garment, 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, your Yan Tan knit 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. Fold her nicely, she’s also a fan of a scented drawer liner ok?
Wash Your Yan Tan As Little As Possible
100% wool garments have natural self-cleaning propertie due to the keratin in the wool fibre breaks down odorous bacteria from our skin, babes. 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 meaning less water used in your day to day life.
This, along with the natural crimp (that’s right) and elasticity of wool which can withstand constant wear, means that your wool garment does NOT need washing on a regular basis.
To give her a refresh, simply air your Yan Tan or steam gently to remove any wrinkles. Small stains can be blotted with cold water.
Basically, she’s got magic powers so don’t mess with her unless you wanna get her steamin’.
When wet, dry your Yan Tan wool garment flat and away from direct sunlight or heat (she’ll be a diva otherwise). To remove excess water, press gently inside a towel, do NOT twist, roll, or wring out babes.
If washing, turn your Yan Tan garment inside out and hand wash at a temperature no higher than 30°C. Think tepid water babes, not boiling. Ensure that you use wool specific detergents and keep garment agitation to the minimum.
Cue accessories! To remove bobbles or loose fibres use a soft garment comb or remove gently by hand. Brush garments length wise to remove surface debris.
Organic Cotton Storage Bags
Store your folded Yan Tan 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 (scented preferably – live your life) rather than on a hanger in your wardrobe as knitwear naturally grows in length over time. Moths love natural fibres (such as wool) and therefore storing your Yan Tan within the cotton bag helps maintain garment quality and prevent moth damage, who FYI babes are especially prevalent in April/ May and August/September as the moth cycle repeats.