Taking Care of Your Men's Wool Jumpers
Wool is the oldest and probably most common fabric used for quality sweaters. Men’s wool jumpers are a firm favourite when it comes to function and style. If you are buying a wool sweater, take care to protect it from excessive heat and rough handling, and it will last for years to come.
Unlike cotton, which can be machine-washed or dry-cleaned, wool and wool blends will need dry-cleaning in order to keep them in the very best condition. At Joseph Turner, we recommend to dry-clean or hand-wash all our lambswool, merino and cashmere jumpers in order to keep them looking their best. Hand-washing is the safest way to wash lambswool.
How often should you wash wool?
Wool can withstand up to five wears before washing. Make sure you check the care label on each garment and follow the instructions carefully before washing.
Here is a short guide on how to hand-wash your knitwear:
Step 1 - Turn the jumper inside out and soak in warm water mixed with a mild laundry detergent designed to be gentle on delicate fabrics. It is important that the water is not too hot. Gently squeeze the solution through the garment. Do not rub, wring or stretch the garment.
Step 2 - Rinse in warm water and repeat if necessary until the water runs clear. It is 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.
Drying Men's Wool Jumpers
If you do decide to hand-wash your wool jumpers, ensure you do not wring them. Instead, gently squeeze out the excess water and then lay it out flat on a drying rack or clean towel.
Removing Pills from Wool Jumpers
Wool jumpers, regardless of their quality, will naturally pill over the course of wearing or cleaning them. Pilling is the bobbling effect that occurs when fibres become knotted together. It is caused by friction during wear or by the build up of static electricity underneath other garments. Pills can be removed very easily, however. Simply hold the garment flat and use a wool razor or a lambswool comb to shave them off.
Now that you know how to look after your men's wool jumpers, take a look at what we have in stock today!