With the winters setting in, we’re all taking out our favourite woollens from the closets and are getting swapped with the shorts and tank tops. If your woollens have been stored away for around 6 months or more and you feel the need to freshen them up, you need to know how to take care of them. Even if you are buying a set of new woollens you need to take care of them properly to keep Italian knitwear soft, in good health and absolutely stain-free.
Do make it a point to check the care label as mentioned on the tag of the product, and come what may, do not throw your woollies in the dryer.
How can you remove unwanted stains from your pretty woollens?
It is already annoying to get a stain on your clothes, but if it is on woollens, that is even more disappointing. Not only because removing marks from your woollens are difficult, but because most of us do not know how to treat it or deal with it without damaging the delicate fabric. Stains on clothes are best treated the soonest, either by spot cleaning or with a mild stain remover so that the stain doesn’t spread. All you need to do is take the reverse side of the stain, carefully handle it and apply the stain remover locally.
How about the machine-washable woollens?
As per the woollens are concerned, the machine-washable ones are the easiest to care for. Wash them on the delicate or gentle cycle, and in case, your machine does not have these facilities, throw in a pillow case along with your plus-size knitwear UK, and put it on a cool wash. After you are done with the washing, gently shake your jumper, poncho or blanket, and lay it flat to dry. Never wring or tumble dry the woollens.
What about those that need a little gentle touch?
If the care label says that your jumper needs to be handwashed, it won’t require the kind of effort you think you have to give. Turn the Italian knitwear inside out and wash it with a gentle cleanser and cool or lukewarm water. Standard detergents maybe a little harsh for your woollens, so it’s better to use gentle liquid cleansers for your pretty winterwear.
Put cool or lukewarm water in a tub, add a little liquid detergent, put in your winterwear, give them a light stir and leave to soak for just a few minutes. Do not rub or pull the jumper or you will end up damaging the wool, rather rinse and press to remove any excess water. As mentioned before, do not wring your clothing. Soak them in water in as minimum time as possible, because the longer you keep your garments soaked, the more likely they are to bleed.
When to are trying to get rid of the excess water in your winterwear, roll up a clean, white towel along with the winterwear to absorb the water. Once unrolled, air dry your woollens laying on a flat surface. Dry them away from direct sunlight or away from heaters.
Now finally, storing your clean jumpers
The rule to store knitwear is that we are never supposed to hang wool or cashmere from a hanger, because this stretches and misshapes the Italian knitwear. Always, I repeat, always fold these items. Even after buying new Italian fashion online, do fold and store. Another problem we face with woollens is party of moths on your winterwear. But we can easily eliminate these moths by using wooden hangers or keeping cedar balls or lavender bags with your jumpers as these little insects who love to feed on the woollens, hate the smell of cedar and lavender.