With boiled wool fabric becoming increasingly popular in designer coats, jackets and vests, it is always best to refer to the care instructions on the label of your specific garment.
However, if you don’t have these instructions, here are some pointers to keep this unique apparel in tip-top shape:
- DON’T use extensive dry cleaning on your garment. The wool contains natural oils that protect the fiber. The harsh dry cleaning chemicals can break down these oils and over time can diminish the elegant luster of this unique fabric.
- Boiled wool fabric worn on the skin can be hand-washed, as needed, in lukewarm water. A special wool detergent is highly recommended. Turn the garment inside out and Move the item gently through the water. Avoid any stretching, rubbing or wringing of the fabric. Gently press or squeeze the water out; then roll the garment up in a bath towel to remove excess water. Lay flat to dry. If you wish, when almost dry, you may gently steam your boiled wool garment from the wrong side. Recommended iron temperature setting # 2. Place a damp dish towel between the fabric and iron to avoid scorching. Use a tapping motion, not an ironing motion.
- Don’t launder your apparel in a top-loading washing machine with an agitator. This can cause excessive felting of the wool. However, a modern front loading washing machine that offers a special “wool cycle” will gently rock the garment back and forth. To dry after machine washing, follow the same instructions listed for hand washing. Take care not to over-launder your boiled wool clothing.
- Drying your coat or jacket in a dryer is not recommended. Exposure to motion and heat could cause excess felting of the fabric.
- Hanging your garment in a steam-filled bathroom can eliminate musty odors and wrinkles. Within only a few hours the garment will smell naturally fresh; and the exposure to humidity will greatly reduce the effect of wrinkles, thanks to the resilience and form recovery characteristics of the natural wool fabric.