Protect your woollen investment

A great way to stay warm and healthy over winter is to layer up with breathable, woollen layers.

But often customers are apprehensive and unsure how to care for their woollen garments, in particular, how to avoid the dreaded clothing moth!

Here are some tips for caring for your woollen clothes:

1. Read the label: Before washing or drying your woolen clothes, read the label for specific care instructions. Some woollen garments may require dry cleaning, while others may be hand-washed or machine-washed on a gentle cycle. Very few of the garments we sell at Sage require dry cleaning, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

2. Avoid hot water: Woollen clothes should be washed in cool or lukewarm water to prevent shrinkage and damage to the fibers. Hot water can cause wool to shrink and lose its shape.

3. Use a gentle detergent: To avoid damaging the fibers, use a mild detergent specifically designed for woolen clothes. Avoid using bleach or fabric softener, as they can damage the fibers and cause discoloration.

4. Dry flat: Woollen clothes should not be hung to dry, as the weight of the water can cause stretching and distortion. Instead, lay the garment flat on a towel to absorb excess water and reshape it to its original size and shape.

5. Store properly: When storing woolen clothes, make sure they are clean and completely dry. Fold the garment neatly and store it in a cool, dry place. Avoid hanging woolen clothes for extended periods of time, as the weight of the garment can cause it to stretch and lose its shape.

6. To protect woollen clothes from moths, it’s important to take a few preventative measures. Firstly, ensure that all clothes are clean and dry before storing them away. Moths are attracted to sweat and dirt, so cleaning your clothes beforehand will make them less appealing. Secondly, store your clothes in airtight containers or bags, as moths can’t penetrate these. Cedar wood is a natural moth repellent, so consider adding cedar balls or blocks to your storage containers (avoid chemical mothballs which are carcinogenic and smell awful). You could also try using lavender sachets or essential oil, as moths dislike the scent. Finally, check your clothes regularly for any signs of moth activity, such as holes or larvae. If you do find any, take immediate action to prevent further damage. One suggestion is to put the affected garment in an airtight bag in the freezer, which will kill the moths and larvae!!

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your woolen clothes remain in good condition and last for years to come. Proper care will not only maintain the quality and durability of your woollen clothes, but also save you money by avoiding frequent replacements. 

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