Keep your old woollens new with ease

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) If not cared for well, woollen clothes can shrink, fade and look old in no time. But if they get proper attention, they can look as new as ever for the duration of their life.

The Woolmark Company has offered some tips that can be used to maintain the fluffiness, colour and shape of your favourite woollen garments, said a statement.

* Read care labels: Firstly always read the care claim label which is usually sewn into the side seam, inside the garment. This will help you understand your wool care, such as whether your wool item is safe for machine wash or hand wash only.

* Washing Methods: Sweaters carrying the Woolmark Machine Washable label can be safely machine washed. When choosing an appliance, look for the Woolmark Blue or Woolmark Green certification. If using the hand wash technique ensure that the woollen garments are washed in clean, lukewarm water, approximately 30°C, using a mild and gentle detergent. Allow to soak for a period of 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly firstly in lukewarm water, then finally in cold water.

* Care Tips: Irrespective of the laundering method, it is recommended that wool garments are turned inside out prior to laundering; this will prolong the ‘as new’ surface appearance of the garment.

* Ironing: For ironing, use a low heat and ensure your woollens are still slightly damp.

* Resume the shape: After wearing wool, it’s best to leave it to rest for 24 hours before hanging it or folding it away so it can recover and resume its proper shape. Woven clothes, like coats, should be hung up on padded hangers. Knitted wool jumpers and cardigans should be folded away. For a quick refresh, hang your wool in the bathroom while you shower, the humidity will de-wrinkle your fabric. Or you could just use the steam programme to revitalise and de-wrinkle your wool.

* Wool storage: Always clean garments before storing and protect your woollens from moths with lavender bags or cedar balls.