How to maintain a merino wool garment

How to maintain a merino wool garment

Thanks to its installation and odour reduction properties, merino wool is the ideal solution for every trekker who wants to travel light with only the bare essentials.
Have you treated yourself to a merino wool product but are afraid of having to take care of it, as if it were a cashmere wrap? Don't panic, we are here to give you all the tips you need to keep your merino wool garment in good condition for as long as possible.

The 3 steps to properly care for merino wool

  1. 1 Proper washing and drying
  2. 2 Moth problems
  3. 3 Fixing a snag
How to clean merino wool

How to wash a merino wool garment

Whether it is a T-shirt, sweatshirt, sports bra, tights, briefs or leggings, buff, hat or even gloves, all the trekker's clothes can be made of wool. This is why the washing should remain easy: no need to do it by hand or with a special washing product!

What are the steps to washing a merino wool product?
- Turn the woollen clothes inside out and put them in the machine.
- Use your usual washing product, preferably a liquid product.
- Start a normal wash cycle at 30°C.

How to dry merino wool
Do not put it in tumble dryer, whatever the situation. This could shrink the garment: a quick air dry is the best option.
What's more, you can skip your ironing duties because, in the long run, it damages the fibres.

How can i prevent holes from appearing in my garment?

Let’s be honest, your merino wool product can get caught in a branch, but those are the risks of getting out into the countryside. Wool is a little more delicate than synthetic textiles or cotton, but its advantages are such that we quickly forget this. This is also why we have developed products that are reinforced by adding a polyamide fibre which covers the wool.
But overall, when we think of wool, we think... moths!  Damaging your clothes on the trails is one of the risks of trekking, but it's always frustrating to bring out your things to find holes, when they had been properly folded away in a closet.

To prevent moths, you can use:
- cedar wood balls
-dried lavender
Their scents mask that of wool from female moths looking for a place to lay their eggs. Because, you guessed it, it is the larvae of the moths that eat into your clothes!

What can you do if your woollen clothes have fallen victim to moths?
You have to act quickly to get rid of the remaining larvae, then you can move on to the next section of this advice: how to repair the snags in my merino clothes (that's well thought out!).

Here are some tips for getting rid of moths:
- Take all your clothes out of the closets and vacuum everything! And I mean, everywhere: what about the grooves in the doors or any cracks? There may be larvae and eggs hidden in there.
- Lay out all your clothes in the sun and the fresh air.
- Wash all the clothing. You can vacuum it (now that the vacuum cleaner is out) before putting it in the machine.
- Once washed, put it all way, ideally in airtight containers or in your closet, with some cedar wood and dried lavender.
And of course, if there are some holes, it's time to learn how to darn the wool (or give your clothes to an experienced seamstress).

How to repair my merino wool product 

Your merino wool garment has a hole and you want to fix it rather than throw it away. To start, well done!
We will try to help you with a few key tips. However, please note: if the fabric has big tears or if the holes are caused by wear (threadbare fabric = you can easily see through it), the repairs suggested here may not work...

To repair a hole in a merino wool sweater, here are a few suggestions:
- You have literally snagged the sweater: a thread of the product has been pulled and it is sticking out. Above all, resist your first impulse, which is to cut the thread. If you cut it, you are going to get a hole. Take a needle to thread it back inside.
- You have a hole with a few dropped knit stitches(a bit like a hole made by a moth): you can opt to darn your garment or, depending on the location of the hole, why not take the opportunity to embellish it with a pretty sewn patch? It will add some personality to your outfit and you will like it even more because you made it yourself (or not, we won't judge). One thing is for certain, you can make it last longer and that's really cool! 

  • You've decided to darn the wool?

    Level: know how to sew a button.
    - Use a sewing needle and a thread, whose colour matches that of the garment.
    - Take a reasonable amount of thread: between 30 and 40 cm.
    - Pass the thread through the needle and tie a knot at one end.
    - Start sewing from the inside to the outside, so that the knot of the thread is on the inside the garment.
    - Create a weft, from top to bottom, without drawing the edges of the hole too close together because that would be unsightly.
    - When the hole is covered, change direction (from right to left) by making the change of direction from the inside of the garment to avoid it being too visible.
    - Tie the final knot on the inside when you are happy with the result.

  • You've decided to add a patch?

    Level: know how to use an iron.
    - Follow the inscriptions on the patch packaging, especially for the pressing time.
    - Put a clean towel on the garment to protect it from the heat of the iron.
    - Press the iron on the cloth under which the patch is located, on each side of the garment.
    - If you want to make sure the patch is secure, you can also sew it without going into too much detail.

Now you know as much as us about how to properly care for a merino wool product.
Of course, this does not necessarily cover every eventuality, so if ever you had an idea or you have tested different techniques, don't hesitate to share them with the community in the comments!

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