Hand washing is the safest way to wash lambswool.
Turn your garment inside out and submerge in a solution of warm water and laundry detergent. It’s important the water is not hot. Gently squeeze the suds through it. Do not rub, wring or stretch the garment.
Spot treat any problem areas with a squirt of neat detergent and massage gently with fingertips.
Rinse in warm water and repeat as necessary until the water runs clear. It’s important to keep the water temperature even throughout the hand washing cycle. Moving the garment from warm water to cold water will cause the fibres to constrict.
Gently press the water out and place the garment lengthwise on a clean, dry towel. Roll up the towel and press to squeeze out excess water – do not wring or twist.
Unroll the towel and smooth the garment into its original shape. Button up cardigans, pull pockets straight and ensure that sleeves and hems are smoothed flat to avoid unsightly wrinkles. Lay it flat on a clean dry towel and allow it to air-dry, or use a flat drying rack if you have one.
Lambswools of all types can be dry cleaned and easy.
Pilling is a natural process that happens to all natural yarns after a certain period of wear. It is the bobbling effect that occurs when fibres become knotted together. It’s caused by friction during wear or by the build-up of static electricity. These bobbles – known as ‘pills’ – can either be picked off or shaved off using a wool razor or lambswool comb. These are easily purchased for just a couple of pounds.