The Ultimate Guide for Washing Merino Wool

Do you know that everyday products protect you without you even realising it? Your clothes. Not only are they constant companions in life’s key moments, but the materials you choose are essential to your well-being throughout the day. Merino wool is incredible at preventing odours and regulating your body temperature for every climate. But, how do you make it last for years? Doesn’t wool shrink easily? Washing Merino wool can be tricky for first timers, so check out our guide to washing and caring for your products to keep them looking brand-new for many years to come: 

Handwashing 101

For such delicate and soft material like merino wool, handwashing is the safest and surest method to damage-free care. The key to handwashing any garment is to first turn it inside out. Doing so avoids pilling, a common result of irregular wear and tear in which fibers ball up and stick to the surface of your clothes.

In three easy steps, you can wash your garment safely:

  • Put the garment in a basin with detergent and warm water, usually 30-40 degrees or less
  • Soak it for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

Pro tip! When rinsing out the soap, be sure not to twist your garment to drain the water as this can distort the shape of your clothes. Gently squeeze to let the excess water drain out and you are good to go! 

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Wash Tips for when You're in a Rush

When you are low on time, handwashing may not be the fastest option. But fear not, you can definitely machine wash your Tidløs garments by following our tips to prepare your merino wool sweaters ready for every season.

  • To start, turn your garments inside out, just like you would to handwash them. 
  • Next, if your machine is equipped with a wool or delicates cycle, this is the time to use it. Be sure to stick to cold or lukewarm temperatures with a gentle spin cycle.
  • 30° is the optimal temperature for delicate washing. Any higher, and you risk shrinking your clothes!
  • Avoid fabric softener as it may weaken the material and reduce the garments’ ability to manage regulate moisture and body temperature. Plus, fabric softener increases the chances of fabric pilling. 
  • This may seem obvious, but steer clear of bleach or any products containing bleach. Since wool is an acidic material, using bleach would damage the fibers in your garment.

Pro tip! Wash garments with similar colours and materials together to avoid the colour bleeding.

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How to Dry Merino Properly

Just as you washed your garments with a gentle cycle, they need to dry them with care too! Of course, air drying is the best and safest way to drying your garments to avoid shrinkage. It’s not only better for the material, but for the environment as well.

Airdrying Merino

  • After taking out your clothes shape them while still wet
  • Lay your clothes out horizontally and away from direct sunlight. Careful: placing your garments on a radiator may speed things up but will end up damaging the fabric

Pro tip! If you really want to speed up the process, you can place the garment on top of a towel and roll them together in order to absorb any excess moisture.

Drying Merino when in a Rush

If you really find yourself pressed for time, most dryer machines have a delicate or wool cycle to dry clothes on a slow spin and lower temperature. But make sure not to leave them in there for too long once they are dry, and never overfill the machine.

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How to Store Your Merino Favourites

You might want to kick back and relax once your clothes are dry… But wait! Storage and care is an essential step to ensuring all your efforts do not go to waste.

  • Opt for folding your garments instead of hanging them to avoid losing their shape. For storage, find the driest spot in your drawer or cupboard as moisture can lead to damage over time. 
  • Make sure to check on your clothes from time to time, especially if you have not worn them in a while. Plus, why not give them a quick wash in between seasons to keep them ready for your next adventure?

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