When you purchase woollen bedding, you must provide the best care possible to it. Wool, as a fibre, is present in many common items, although its proper care is a mystery to most people. No one wants their woollen belongings to shrink to an infant’s size after the first wash or look old after a few days of use.
What’s the best way to take care of wool? With a little bit of informed and mindful care, your wool bedding can retain their vitality while providing comfort to you and your loved ones for years.
Sunshine and fresh air
Wool is a naturally absorbent fabric which can hold in around 30% of its total weight in moisture. A recommendation as a primary care measure is to ‘unmake’ your bed every morning. Although this may go against many standards of common bedding etiquette, doing so provides numerous benefits to the freshness and the cleanliness of your complete bedding set. Any amount of moisture absorbed during the night has the opportunity to evaporate and disperse when you do this.
Another practice that can be routinely performed is ‘sunning’ your woollen bedding at least twice a year. Draping or simply hanging your bedding under direct sunlight allows the fibre to be deodorized, disinfected and even bleached through a completely natural process. This is the right step to follow to revitalize your woollen bedding, especially after a long and harsh winter.
Spot clean and avoid washing
Gently run cold to lukewarm water to spot clean the areas which need direct focus. Do not submerge the product all the way in the water as the product might stretch when it’s sopping wet. This might cause the product to change its form and will probably need to be spun dry. Apply a tiny amount of a biodegradable stain remover or hydrogen peroxide and gently work the suds through the fabric. This ensures you don’t agitate the wool.
Afterwards, run your bedding through lukewarm water and repeat the process if it’s required. Next, you must drain any excess water but be extremely careful not to twist the fibres. At the end, you must wrap the bedding in a dry towel and hang it carefully or lay it on a flat surface to dry.
Frequently washing woollen products must be avoided as it increases the possibility of the fibres felting and losing its shape. All of your woollen bedding must be covered using an organic cotton casing or sheet. When washed regularly, it provides a barrier from debris present in the environment. However, if your bedding needs to be washed, you must follow the instructions provided by the fabricant.
Wool, being resistant to mould, mildew and dust mites, is a hypoallergenic fabric for your bedding ensemble. It helps regulate the temperature and resists flames. With mindful and consistent care, your woollen bedding can last for many years. The merits of this fabric make it a popular choice among many.