Now that summer is here, it’s time to put your outerwear away until next season. Therefore, it is important to take into account how to carry out the washing process in the most appropriate way. Always respecting the raw material of the garments, in this case the merino wool used in Marae.
Due to its nature, this material does not need to be washed as frequently as other fabrics. A good option, as long as the garment is not very dirty, is to air it outdoors. It is also important to bear in mind that it should not be exposed to direct sunlight. For this reason, it is also advisable to turn the garment inside out.
As for washing, it is much simpler and advisable to do it in the washing machine. As long as you choose the right programme and do not mix it with other fabrics. It is important to close all zips and buttons. And also use a special gentle cycle for wool in which the washing time is short and the spin cycle is practically nil. In addition, the temperature should be low, not exceeding 30º. Hand washing is also a good option. But it will take longer and the result may not be the same. In this case, you must be very careful during the procedure, avoiding rubbing the garment so that the fibres do not rub against each other and the so-called peeling effect is produced. It is also very important to remove excess water, and taking into account that the garment cannot be twisted, this is a difficult task.
To dry garments made of merino wool, it is recommended not to use the tumble dryer. It is advisable to hang the garment out to dry, and if possible, in the open air. It is important to know that the garments should be spread out horizontally on a surface to dry. If they are hung up, they will tend to warp.
By following these tips, woollen garments will stay in good condition all year round. Next season you will be able to enjoy them as if they were new. And remember: choose to store them in drawers, always avoiding the use of hangers.