Wearing alpaca clothing is a true luxury, made possible by the dedication and passion of our alpaca products master artisans. But to preserve the softness, warmth and durability of these amazing fibres, it's important to know how to wash alpaca wool properly.
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In a nutshell
- Always air the products after use.
- In case they need to be washed:
- Hand washing is recommended.
- Always use cold or lukewarm water.
- Only use mild detergents.
- For drying:
- Remove excess water with a towel.
- Do not knead or wring out the product.
- Allow to dry in a cool place and on a flat surface.
- Store in a fresh place.
What makes alpaca wool so special?
Alpaca wool is not just any wool, it is the result of thousands of years of domestication and careful breeding in the Andes. The properties of alpaca wool are impressive: it is lightweight, thermal, hypoallergenic and incredibly soft. This natural fibre is not only comfortable to wear, but also sustainable thanks to its environmental benefits.
Knowing how to properly wash alpaca wool is key to preserving these amazing properties for years to come.
How to properly wash alpaca wool?
Before we get into the specific "how", let's first address an important question: How often should you wash alpaca wool?
One of the greatest advantages of alpaca wool is its natural resistance to dirt and odours. Thanks to the unique structure of the fibres, alpaca wool can withstand several wears before it needs to be washed. It is often sufficient to simply air out the garment between wears.
There still comes a point when your alpaca garment needs a wash. Here are the basic steps you should follow:
1. Preparation:Before you start washing, sort your clothes by colour, just as you would any other garment. Alpaca wool does not bleed, but it is always good practice to keep light and dark colours separate.
2. Hand washing is best: Although many alpaca products are machine washable, hand washing is always preferred. It is gentler on the fibres and prolongs the life of your garments.
Fill a sink or tub with cold water and add a mild wool detergent. Avoid harsh chemicals and bleach, which could damage the fibres.
3. Wash gently: Immerse your alpaca garment in the water and squeeze
gently to move the detergent through the fibres. Avoid rubbing or twisting, as this can damage the structure of the wool and lead to matting.
We will provide more details and specific instructions on the proper care of alpaca products such as jumpers and socks in the next section. Stay tuned!
While the general steps above apply to most alpaca wool products, there are specific instructions you should follow depending on the type of product. Here is some advice on how to wash specific alpaca products such as jumpers and socks!
Washing alpaca sweaters
A well-cared-for alpaca sweater is a lasting investment in your wardrobe. Here's how you should wash your alpaca jumpers:
1. Moisturise: Dip your alpaca jumper in cold water before adding detergent. This will help to evenly soak the fibres.
2. Immerse and squeeze: Add a mild wool detergent to the water and immerse the jumper again. Squeeze it gently to distribute the detergent. Avoid rubbing or twisting the jumper.
3. Rinse: Rinse the jumper several times in cold water until no detergent remains. Gently squeeze the water out of the jumper; do not wring it out.
4. Drying: Lay the jumper flat on a towel and gently roll it up to remove excess water. Then lay it out flat to dry, away from direct sunlight or heat.
Washing alpaca socks
Alpaca socks are known for their comfort and thermal regulation. Here's how to wash alpaca socks properly:
1. Careful machine washing: Alpaca socks can often be washed in the washing machine, provided you put them on a gentle, cold programme and use a mild detergent.
2. Do not tumble dry: Lay the socks out flat to dry. They should never be dried in a dryer as this can shrink and distort the wool.
By following this advice, you will ensure that your alpaca clothing lasts as long as possible and is always in top condition. In the next section, we will answer some frequently asked questions about alpaca wool care. So stay tuned!
Frequently asked questions about caring for alpaca wool
In this section we answer some frequently asked questions about the proper care of alpaca wool. As you read through this guide, remember that careful care will help preserve the impressive properties of alpaca wool and extend its life.
Can I iron alpaca wool?
Yes, alpaca wool can be ironed, but only at a low temperature and ideally with a damp cloth between the iron and the garment. High temperatures can damage the fibres and should be avoided.
Can alpaca wool go in the washing machine?
In general, we recommend hand washing for alpaca wool. However, some items such as alpaca socks can be washed in the machine's gentle cycle. Always check the garment's care label before putting it in the machine.
Why shouldn't I put alpaca wool in the dryer?
Drying in the dryer can shrink and distort alpaca wool. The heat and heavy spinning are too aggressive for the fine fibres of alpaca wool. Therefore, we recommend drying alpaca garments flat in the air.
Do I need to wash alpaca wool after every wearing?
No, in fact alpaca wool requires less frequent washing than many other materials. Thanks to its natural environmental benefits and ability to repel odours, alpaca wool can be aired between washes.
By following these care tips and appreciating the properties of alpaca wool, you can ensure that your alpaca garments will last for many years and always look their best.
Proper care of alpaca wool is essential to ensure the longevity of your garments. Remember to follow the valuable advice we have presented in this article. Enjoy wearing and caring for your alpaca products!
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