Winter Tips: How to maintain woolen clothes

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Properly covered, it will withstand a great deal of adverse conditions.

Wool is naturally resistant to stains and odors. For this reason, they are not washed as often as synthetic clothing. But that does not mean that woolen clothes are not washable at all. If they are not washed, under the influence of dirt and oils from our bodies that remain on the fabric, they may lose some of their qualities. Even if the clothes are made of 100% wool, in most cases they can be washed.

On the other hand, wool can lose some of its qualities if it is washed too often and the basic recommendations are not followed. It is important to note that there are different types of wool and that some are more sensitive than others. For example, "aggressive" detergent can damage wool fibers.

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Washing

You can not go wrong if you wash woolen clothes by hand in cold water with a suitable mild detergent. If you do not have a special detergent for washing woolen clothes, you can use hair shampoo. Wool consists of keratin, just like our hair, so you will not damage it with a mild shampoo.

Water temperature is very important. Always refer to the instructions on the label. The maximum temperature is usually 30 degrees Celsius. If the temperature happens to be only slightly higher than the temperature of the declaration, the clothes will shrink. For this reason, it is best to wash by hand.

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Machine washing is only possible if you have a "cold water hand wash" program. Cold water means water below 30 degrees Celsius. Do not rely on the washing machine thermometer. It is enough that the thermostat is not good enough and the machine heats the water only a few degrees above 30 and your clothes will become unusable.

Do not use a strong centrifuge. Whether washing by hand or in a mild spin machine, place the clothes on a towel and place them in the dryer until the water is completely drained. You can gently press it with a cloth to drain the water. Do not squeeze it roughly as the wool fibers will be damaged. Also, you should not use pliers or put it to dry on the dryer when it is "full" of water so that it does not deform. Only when semi-dry can it be hung to dry completely and straighten.

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Ironing

Pay attention to the temperature of the iron so that it is not too hot. Try never to touch the wool directly with the iron, but always use a thin soaked cotton cloth or a thin iron for ironing. When straightening the woolen cloth on the ironing board, cover it with a damp cloth and lightly pass the iron over the cloth.

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Lewftting

During use, the wool fibers sag. Wool "enjoys" ventilation. In this way it absorbs the surrounding fresh air, releasing impurities.

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Why do we want woolen clothes?

Wool is an excellent insulator and gives a pleasant warmth to the body, while preventing sweating. The foot will be warm, but also sweaty in the polyester socks, while in the wool socks there will be no sweating. Wool is not a suitable environment for the growth of microorganisms, unlike other natural and synthetic materials. Wool allergies are very rare.

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