Wool is 6 times more resistant to wear than cotton
Why choose wool made products?
Wool is not a fabric that easily loses its original properties. With proper care, wool products last several years with no damage.
The elastic properties of the wool fiber make it extremely wrinkle resistant. It is enough to hang or lay flat your wool product.
Dust mites don't like wool as they prefer hot humid environments.
Wool fibers have a natural waxy coating that repels liquids. This surface layer is not easily removed by washing or processing. This means you will have time to wipe away liquid spills before they cause permanent staining
Wool fibers naturally decompose in soil when disposed. The processing of wool requires very little environmental impact compared to other fibers
Wool rarely charges as it absorbs and evaporates moisture really well.
As it is a breathable fiber, it naturally inhibits mildew.
Cleaning and caring
Advice for a life long wool care
Before learning about how to wash a wool blanket, always read the label for specific care instructions for every product as they may vary.
Before washing or drying
A good breath of fresh air or simply ventilating the wool refreshes any knitwear. Due to the flexibility of the fibers it is easy to refresh the shape. Shake well and hang the knitwear somewhere where the air naturally circulates.
BRUSH AND COMB
If shaking it off is not enough, you can also brush and comb with a soft-bristle garment brush. This helps remove any surface soil or stain and it also smooths the fibers of the blanket
If your knitwear needs more than just refreshing, consider spot cleaning first, before washing or dry cleaning. Seltzer water works well on fresh stains. The bubbles trap and lift away the dirt.
For oil or solid stains, try spot cleaning by using natural cleaners like vinegar diluted with water (1/3 vinegar, 2/3 water). Use a damp white cloth to test if the wool is colorfast. If colour comes off, then the wool should be dry cleaned only
Before washing wool, keep in mind hot water causes fibers to expand, and dry heat will cause the fibers to shorten and shrink. For these reasons, wool blankets or cushion covers should be washed in cold water (20-30°C).
We recommend hand wash, but modern appliances can produce good results if used on a delicate wash cycle and low-action washer spin or no spin at all (less than 600 rotations).
You might think detergents don’t matter as much, but to further protect woolens, use a specially formulated gentle detergent. It is not necessary to use conditioners as sometimes they might do worse than good. In fact, add an extra rinse to the wash cycle.
Gently wring the woolens if you hand wash
It is best to flat dry to prevent losing shape. If the wool is, however, not very damp you can hang it indoors or outdoors out of direct sunlight to air dry.
Do not use a tumble dryer as dry heat will shorten and shrink fibers
Wool can be enjoyed all year round. If you decide to store the knitted Bloomy wool throws or cushions, we suggest using cedar chips or wood blocks instead of mothballs to protect them from pests and dampness. A zipper bag or a plastic bin is a good option to consider.
Send your Bloomy products to us for a professional wash
Although woolens need less washing or ironing, learning how to wash a wool blanket might be intimidating. Using the wrong products or techniques might damage the items. Send your Bloomy products back to us and enjoy your free time while your woolens get pampered
Fixing pulled yarns
Most of the time, pulled yarns occur because the knitwear clings on accessories such as engagement rings, bracelets, watches or earrings.
If you are a handy person you can use a crochet hook to fix pulls:
Insert the hook from the opposite side of the knitwear.
Use the hook to pull the loose yarn on the front of the fabric through to the back side of the knitwear.
Gently pull the knitted fabric to smooth the ripples.
Pilling is normal for any wool knitted products. While Merino wool is the softest yarn, it will pill faster than an Alpaca yarn. It is best to use a pilling comb to remove pilling without affecting the look of your knitwear. As a second option you can use a professional wool razor.
Keep in mind to never tug the pills or use disposable razors.
If there is a hole in your knitwear, do not use or wash it before mending it as the holes can enlarge. Do not panic, some holes can be fixed using a sewing repair kit at home. Some larger holes however, need proper attention.
Send your knitted products back to us for a repair. In fact, you are entitled for a free repair if you send us the guarantee certificate for your product.
Although Bloomy products have years of life span, sometimes you might decide it’s time for a new Bloomy product and you have to recycle the old one.
Our advice is to:
Repurpose it (use it for an animal shelter or keep it for camping).
Send it to us so we recycle it and give life to new knitwear.