Merino Care Guide

 Fabric Care Guide: How to Care For Merino Wool

There are many ways to take care of your merino wool item, and here are some tips to keep merino wool in good shape.

  • Pre-treat any stains with a spot treatment.
  • If you’re washing a more structured item like a blazer or outerwear, it’s best to dry clean the item.
  • Merino wool is machine washable. Place your items inside out in a mesh laundry bag and wash on a delicate cycle in cold water. Make sure to take the item out promptly to avoid creasing.
  • You can also wash your merino wool items by hand. Soak the item in cold water with a mild, wool-specific detergent. Rinse and squeeze out any excess water. Do not wring so the item doesn’t lose its shape.
  • Lay items flat to dry and re-shape accordingly. Do not put any merino wool items in the dryer, as they will shrink.

Washing wool is easy. Wool is naturally stain resistant, odour resistant and also crease resistant, so actually requires less washing. This means that caring for wool is both easy and gentle on the planet. But when it is time to wash wool clothes, you can either wash them in a washing machine, or hand wash with ease.


How to wash wool in a washing machine

Can I wash wool in a washing machine? The answer is yes. Washing wool is really easy and many wool garments can be machine washed, meaning more time to do the things you enjoy. If your Woolmark-approved garment’s care claim says that you can machine wash your piece of wool clothing, then it means it can safely be machine washed in a washing machine multiple times, without shrinkage taking place.

  1. Wool garments should be washed on the wool setting (usually gentle action at 40°C). If your washing machine does not have a wool cycle, use the cold water wash or wash cycle for delicates.
  2. Use a neutral, mild detergent that is preferably Woolmark recommended (look for the Woolmark symbol on the packet).
  3. It is recommended that garments are flat dried after washing.

You may even notice that your washing machine or tumble dryer has the Woolmark Apparel Care symbol on it, which means that your machine has passed rigorous and independent testing and has been approved by The Woolmark Company.


How to hand wash wool clothes

If your Woolmark-approved garment’s care claim says Hand Wash Only, never fear. Hand washing wool is really quick and easy. Follow these simple steps and you'll be out of the laundry in no time.

Turn your wool garment inside out, then hand wash in clean, lukewarm water, approximately 30°C, using a mild and gentle detergent. Allow to soak for a period of 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly firstly in lukewarm water, then finally in cold water.