Caring for Merino Wool - it's simple
Follow the care label for each product's specific instructions, but
here are some general suggestions for caring for wool. The following
are recommendations and suggestions gathered by Ibex.
What to do with your wool
Empty your pockets Or they could end up bulging or
Brush it Lightly brush to remove surface soil that might
become stains later on. Dust and dirt can dull the appearance of fine
Check the label Our care varies depending on each product.
Always read the washing instructions on the label inside the garment.
You can find the care labels on the side seams or inside neck of the
tops and on the inside back waist of the bottoms.
Treat stains immediately Rinse small stains with cold
water, seltzer and blot dry with a clean cloth, never with paper
Dry away from direct heat If your wool gets wet, dry it
immediately away from direct heat never in front of a fire, on a
radiator or in strong sunlight. Don't tumble dry it unless the label
says you can.
Air it Lay knits flat on a bed for an hour or so to get rid
of any odors, such as campfire smoke.
Rest it Wait 24 hours before the next wearing. Try to avoid
wearing the same outfit for two consecutive days. This gives the
natural resilience and spring in the wool fiber time to recover.
Lighter fabric care Our Lightweight fabrics also respond to
the same treatment, though they may take a little longer to shed
their creases. These can be removed by ironing with a damp cloth or
steam iron on a warm iron/dot 2 setting.
Hang wovens Hang woven garments on good hangers in a cool,
fresh place with enough breathing space to allow creases to drop out.
They should shed their creases if hung in the steam of a bathroom for
a short time or left over night.
Fold knits Never hang knits. Fold them and store with
The same chemistry that makes wool fiber resilient and durable and
lets it breathe and shed wrinkles also makes wool susceptible to
moths and carpet beetles. These insects, if allowed to infest wool,
feed in the larva stage on the keratin protein present only in animal
fibers. Since the insect larvae are attracted to areas of the cloth
that are soiled with food stains and body oil, clothing kept clean in
storage is the most effective protection. Additional prevention can
be achieved by taking the following precautions: CLEAN your woolens
before packing them away. Cleaning will also kill larvae. Lightly
brush clothing after each wearing. This will not only revive the nap
but will help rid clothing of insect infestation. Keep closets,
dresser drawers and trunks clean. Pack clothes in airtight containers
? well-sealed garment bags or boxes and trunks with secure lids. Cold
storage in temperatures of 40° (4° C) or lower further discourages
For more information about eco-conscience moth prevention check
out The Green Guide or Care 2 make a Difference
Alcoholic Drinks Dab gently with an absorbent cloth to
remove as much excess liquid as possible. Sponge the area sparingly
with a mixture of warm water and surgical spirit in equal parts.
Black Coffee Mix alcohol and white vinegar in equal parts,
soak a cloth in the solution and lightly dab the stained area before
pressing gently with an absorbent cloth.
Blood Quickly dab a damp sponge on the mark to remove
excess blood. Dab area very gently with undiluted vinegar followed by
Butter/Oil/Grease/Sauces If a greasy mark forms, first
lightly scrape the surface of the stain with a spoon or knife to
remove any excess oil. Then soak a cloth in proprietary dry cleaning
fluid and gently dab the area.
Chocolate/White Coffee/Tea Dab gently around the edge of
the stain with a cloth soaked in white spirit before following
instructions for black coffee.
Egg/Milk Dab gently with a cloth soaked in white spirit.
Repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar.
Fruit/Red Wine/Fruit Juice Dab the stain quickly with a
mixture of surgical spirit and water (3:1 ratio).
Grass Apply soap very carefully (using a mild tablet soap
or flakes) or dab gently with a cloth soaked in surgical spirit.
Ink/Ballpoint Pen Dab gently with a cloth soaked in white
spirit. Repeat with a cloth soaked in white vinegar or surgical
Lipstick/Make-up/Shoe Polish Rub gently with a cloth soaked
in turpentine or spot cleaning spray or fluid. Rinse with mild soapy
Urine Act as quickly as possible. Lightly blot the area
with a dry sponge to absorb as much excess liquid as possible before
applying undiluted vinegar. Then treat as for blood.
Wax Carefully scrape off as much wax as possible from the
garment with a spoon or blunt knife. Place blotting paper over the
mark and iron gently on dot 2 setting.
Odor Removal Tips
Sunshine Take the article of wool outside and pin it up to
a clothesline in direct sunlight. Mold spores thrive off dark wet
environments, so make sure that the location that you have selected
receives plenty of UV rays and is clear of any sources of moisture.
If any odor exists after the first day, you may need to hang it
within direct sunlight for second or third day until completely
White Vinegar Fill your bathtub with six inches of water
and proceed to pour a half gallon of vinegar within the tub. Submerge
your woolen textile in the tub and work this household acid water
into the fiber. Allow it to soak inside tub for an hour before
removing the wool textile to naturally air dry outside.
Salt Salt is a natural substance that works well in killing
mildew. Before applying the salt, spray lemon juice over the source
of the odor until the wool fiber becomes sufficiently moist. Finish
by sprinkling liberal amounts of salt on the affected area and
rubbing it into the wool.
Tea Tree Oil Mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil with 6
ounces of water and pour inside a spray bottle. Hang woolen item
outside and spray it down until it becomes sufficiently moist. The
smell of the tea tree oil can be quite strong, however it will go
away as soon as the wool dries.
Borax & Baking Soda Mix Borax and baking soda in equal
amounts. Sprinkle the mixture on the wool textiles and allow the
deodorizing homemade compound sit over night. Finish by vacuuming the
borax and baking soda particles out of the freshened fabric in the