How To Care For Your Knitwear
8th September 2020 by Schoffel Country
Ensure that your knitwear garments are cared for correctly with our guide below.
Is there anything better than a cosy jumper in front of a roaring fire? At Schoffel Country we understand the importance of good knitwear, and how pivotal it is to any country loving individuals’ wardrobe. High quality and comfortable knitwear gets us through the shooting season and the winter months with ease, and ensures that we are the perfect temperature for when the winter weather strikes.
How to wash cashmere
- Cashmere likes to be hand washed with a gentle wool detergent in lukewarm water.
- Squeeze the water gently through the fabric, try not to stretch and wring the garment.
- Rinse thoroughly in clean lukewarm water.
- Avoid lifting saturated garments before excess water has been gently squeezed out to avoid stretching.
- Smooth your garment back into its original shape and place flat on a towel.
- Dy naturally and never tumble dry or your garment will shrink.
Everybody knows that cashmere is beautifully soft, and one of the finest natural fibres in the world. Due to its delicate nature, it is common for cashmere to ‘pill’ once it has been worn a few times. This is when small balls appear on the surface, and they are caused by some of the loose fibres tangling together as they rub during wear.
We recommend using a cashmere comb to remove the pills, and keep your garment looking as god as new. Read below about how to remove these pills with your cashmere comb.
How to wash lambswool
- If you are concerned, the safest way to wash your lambswool jumper is a hand wash.
- Turn your item of clothing inside out and submerge in a lukewarm water and a gentle wool wash product. Do not stretch, rub or wring the garmet.
- Rinse in lukewarm water and repeat as necessary until the water runs clear. It is recommended to keep the water temperature constant throughout hand washing to prevent the fibres constricting with a change in temperature.
- Gently press the wate rout and lay the garment out on a clean, dry towel. Roll up the towel and press to squeeze any excess water out.
- Unroll the towel and smooth the garment into its original shape.
- If you have a wool setting on your washing machine, you can also wash lambswool on this setting, as long as it is a low temperature and a low spin.
How to wash merino wool
- Merino wool should be washed on a delicate machine wash with similar colours, at no more than 40 degrees.
- Do not tumble dry when washing merino wool, as this may cause shrinkage.
- Do not dry clean or wring, but reshape when damp and dry away from direct heat and sunlight.
- Merino wool likes to be stored flat, to help retain its shape.
How to wash fleece
- Our premium fleece deserve the correct care in order for it to last a long time.
- Our fleece are machine washable at max 40 degrees, and it is best to avoid the tumble drier, to protect the Alcantara trim.
How to get bobbles off clothes
- Loose fibres on the surface of knitted fabrics rub together during use, resulting in small bobble, known as pilling. Common places are under the arms, elbows and down the sides where the jumper gets the most friction.
- To remove bobbles off clothes, we recommend using our Schoffel knitwear comb. This specialist knitwear comb can be used to remove the pills as they appear on the surface of the cashmere.
- To use the cashmere comb, lay the knitwear flat, hold affected area taut and comb the garment gently to remove the bobbles from the jumper.
- Remove the fluff and debris from the comb, and store in the small bag provided.
- N.B If knitwear is put away dirty, this can attract moths leaving the dreaded holes in your favourite jumper. Always try and store your knitwear clean, or store in a zip storage bag or box.