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Wool - the wrath of the washing machine no more!

There is no need to worry any more about wrecking your woollens in the wash.

Now, washing machines are no longer only suitable for garments labelled ‘machine wash’. This is a guest blog from Hotpoint.

Wash your woollens with confidence, as washing machines are now on the market that enable consumers to wash wool clothes without the fear they will felt and shrink. Manufacturers such as Hotpoint have developed advanced washing machines – with automatic gentle washing technology – that handle delicate fibres such as wool. Extra gentle agitation and low spin speeds help to keep your woollens in great condition. Wool Cycles have been awarded the prestigious Woolmark® Apparel Care Platinum endorsement.

The Woolmark Apparel Care programme

Woolmark Apparel Care logo

The Woolmark Apparel Care programme helps consumers identify quality laundry products that are approved by The Woolmark Company for use on wool products. This seal of approval will give consumers confidence that laundry products are ideally suited to the job of caring for wool products, answering the question of ‘How to wash wool?’

If you Love Your Clothes with a woollen fibre, always ensure you look for Woolmark seal of approval, as only Apparel care product manufacturers who become a Woolmark Apparel Care Licensee are authorised to use the world-famous Woolmark logo on any of their products that meet the appropriate specification. All products are tested by independent laboratories, authorised to carry out Woolmark testing.

Apparel care products that can be licensed to carry the Woolmark logo are:

  • Washing machines
  • Tumble dryers
  • Irons
  • Detergents
  • Fabric softeners
  • Bleaches.

You can wash, dry and iron your wool clothing at home with the confidence that Woolmark Apparel Care products are tested and approved for their performance in caring for wool.

Always check the label

We’ve all got a woollen product with a label stating the garment’s care instructions, but what do they mean?

It’s always best to read the labels on your woollen clothing for guidance on how to wash and dry them effectively. You will find these labels on the inside seams or underside of your wool items. The Woolmark Company has a handy guide to care labels and instructions.

Top tips on washing wool

  • Brush your clothes regularly with a wool brush.
  • Deal with any staining promptly.
  • Use padded and shaped hangers, not thin metal ones, to store woollen clothes, or preferably fold and store.
  • Wet woollens are heavy so dry them properly without pegging. Always lay the garment on a flat surface and allow it to dry in room temperature, away from sunlight and heat.
  • Don’t fold or leave damp woollens as they will mould, make sure to dry them properly.
  • Prevent moths and silverfish with chemical products such as mothballs or scented hangers.
  • Never iron when garments are dry.
  • Iron garments inside out.

And finally always look for the Woolmark Apparel Platinum Care Approved logo on appliances and products.