Wool is one of the most useful natural fibres you can find. We love it for so many reasons. It breathes well, it's naturally good at keeping allergens away, and it keeps us warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot. With all these great things about wool, the big question is: how do we take care of our wool items so they last a long time? So, get ready! Here's a simple guide on how to care for your wool bedding.
Getting to Know Wool
Before we jump into how to wash and dry, let's get to know wool a little better. The structure of wool is made up of overlapping tiny scales. These scales give wool its special ability to bounce back and stretch. But these scales also make wool likely to felt and shrink if not treated properly.
When wool gets wet, these scales open up. If the wet wool is handled roughly, these scales can partially pull away from each other and get stuck together. This makes the wool get lumpy and shrink. Knowing this basic info about wool can help you take better care of your wool bedding and keep it for longer.
Cleaning Your Wool Bedding: An In-depth Guide to Washing
Woolstar's wool bedding is designed to keep you super comfortable. It's also naturally good at resisting dust mites and mould. This is because wool lets air through well and can manage moisture, which makes it tough for mites and mould to live in. Despite this, cleaning your wool bedding regularly is key to keep it fresh, make it last longer, and let you enjoy all its benefits for many years.
Usually, most wool bedding, like duvets and mattress toppers, are big and heavy, which makes them tricky to wash in a regular home washing machine. On top of that, their complex design and delicate nature of wool means washing these items at home could spoil their shape and hurt their quality. Because of these reasons, we strongly suggest you to get these items professionally dry-cleaned. Giving these items to experts to clean means they'll take care of all the small details that keep your wool bedding comfy.
However, not all wool bedding is hard to clean. Smaller items, like pillows or blankets, can be easily washed at home. But washing wool is not as simple as washing your everyday clothes. So, here are some easy rules to follow:
Read the Label
All Woolstar items come with care instruction labels. Always read and follow these. Some products might have special washing instructions because of how they're made or the materials they're made from.
Use a Gentle Detergent
When washing wool, the detergent you use is really important to keep your items in good shape. Even though wool is tough, it needs a gentle touch. A special detergent made for wool doesn't have enzymes that your regular detergents have, as these enzymes can slowly harm wool over time.
Cold Water and Gentle Cycle are Best
High temperatures and rough washing can spoil the tiny scales of wool fibres, causing them to felt and shrink. To prevent this, always wash with cold or lukewarm water and use the gentle or delicate cycle on your washing machine. This gives a kinder wash which helps avoid any damage to the wool fibres.
Bleach and any strong cleaning products are a definite no for wool. These powerful chemicals can cause a lot of damage, breaking down the natural structure of wool fibres. They can make the wool change color and lose its natural shine. Always pick milder cleaners for your wool bedding.
Sure, cleaning your wool bedding might look like a big job, but with these steps in mind, it gets a lot simpler. Remember, this extra care isn't just to keep your bedding looking good and clean; it's about keeping your bedding strong, lasting long, and super comfortable. The care you give to your wool bedding will be paid back to you in many cosy nights and good sleep.
Caring for Your Wool Bedding: The Dry
After carefully washing your wool bedding, drying them the right way is the next vital step. This is important to keep your wool items strong and long-lasting.
Don't Wring Out Wool Items: It may feel natural to twist or wring out your washed wool items to get rid of excess water. However, this isn't a good idea for wool. The harsh twisting motion can damage the wool's soft fibres, causing them to break or stretch. This could make your bedding look sad and feel different. To avoid this, gently press or squeeze your wool items to get rid of any extra water.
Dry Flat and in the Shade: The way you dry wool items is also important to keep them in good shape. Instead of hanging your wool items to dry, lay them down flat. This is because hanging wet wool items can cause the wool to stretch due to its weight. And instead of the sunlight, choose a shaded spot for drying. Sunlight can make your wool items turn yellow and can harm the quality of the wool.
Avoid Using a Tumble Dryer: Although tumble dryers are quick and easy to use, they aren't the best option for your wool bedding. The strong heat and spinning inside a tumble dryer can make the wool shrink, become lumpy, or stretch, all of which can change the look and feel of your favourite wool items. The high heat can even damage the wool fibres and make your bedding wear out faster.You can however use the tumble dryer on your wool quilts, but this needs to be on the wool delicate cycle to avoid damage to the wool fibre.
To sum up, drying your wool bedding properly doesn't have to be complicated. With these simple guidelines you can keep your wool items in good shape, looking great, and serving you with cozy comfort for a long time.
Regular Care for a Healthy Bedding
Your Woolstar wool bedding is made to last. The great thing about wool is that it's designed to provide long term comfort and warmth. But like any favourite thing, your wool bedding needs regular care to keep it at its best. Between those deep cleaning sessions, here are some simple steps you can take to keep your bedding fresh and fluffy:
Air it Out: Sunlight and fresh air work wonders in keeping things fresh, and your wool bedding is no exception. Every few months, take some time to air out your bedding. Find a shaded and breezy spot outdoors. Leaving your bedding here for a few hours will help get rid of any odours - keeping it crisp and fresh.
Spot Clean as Soon as You Can: Accidents happen and when they do, it's important to act fast. If you notice a small spot or stain on your wool bedding, don't wait. Clean it immediately with a soft cloth and lukewarm water. But remember, be gentle! Scrubbing could damage the wool fibres. Instead, pat the area gently until the stain lifts away.
Keep it Fluffy: Everybody loves the feeling of fluffy bedding. The secret to keeping your Woolstar bedding plump? Regular fluffing. Doing this helps to evenly distribute the wool filling inside, preventing any lumps from forming and keeping your bedding feeling plush and comfy.
Caring for and cleaning your Woolstar wool bedding doesn't have to feel like a big task. With these simple steps, you can make sure your bedding stays in top shape, so it can keep doing its job - providing you comfort and a goodnight’s sleep. Remember, washing and drying your bedding the right way is key to having it last longer.
Your wool bedding loves care, and in return, it will continue to deliver cosy comfort, warmth and restful sleep for a long time. So go ahead, give your bedding a little TLC (Tender Loving Care) and enjoy the happy benefits!