WOOL

WOOL

'WOOL IS A LONG-LASTING, NATURAL FIBRE WHICH CAN BE RE-USED AND RECYCLED. FROM WASHING TO STORING, FIND OUT HOW TO TREAT YOUR WOOL GARMENTS RIGHT.'

Wool comes from the thick winter coat of sheep, which are shorn in the warmer months. The fibre structure allows the fabric to breathe while protecting the wearer against the wind. Wool is a beautiful, long lasting and renewable natural fibre with a low impact during its use phase. IVY OAK’s policy is that wool must be sourced from producers with good animal welfare and husbandry practices. We only use 100% mulesing-free wool. You can read more about our Animal Welfare policy here.

CARE

  • As always, check the instructions on the care label before washing your garment.

  • Wool garments do not need to be washed after every use. The fibres have a natural protective layer and are resistant to dirt and dust. Simply air your favourite wool garments out after wearing to make them feel fresh.

  • Wool is best washed using the delicate cycle, also called handwash or wool programme, at a low temperature with a very mild detergent. Even 30° Celsius can be too hot for wool, so wash in cold water and spin at low speed (up to 600 rpm). We recommend putting your wool garment in a mesh washing bag to prevent snagging and felting.

  • Handwashing is also an option when washing wool. However, we recommend using the handwash cycle of your machine (see above) instead of manually handwashing because of the risk of damaging your garment. If you hand wash, use cold water, a mild detergent and very gentle movements. Be careful not to rub the garments intensely while washing. To avoid stretching the wool fibres, do not wring your wool clothes.

  • Dry your wool items by putting a towel underneath your clothes on your drying rack to absorb the excess moisture. To avoid stretching the wool fibres, do not wring wool clothes under any circumstances. Do not hang your wool pieces to dry, as they risk losing their shape.

  • Fold your wool pieces together and store them in a cupboard. Due to their weight, the items lose their shape when hung.

  • It can be a good idea to use a moth repellent as they like to nest in wool clothes.

  • Friction causes pilling on wool products. To remove any build-up, simply use a pilling comb or lint razor.