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How to Care for and Clean Wool

Written by Benjamin Antoni Andersen Published on December 7, 2016 in Essentials Designer and instigator of Red Hat Factory, constantly hungry for mountainous adventures.

Our products are made of 80–100% sheep’s wool, and need a few touches of love and care to continue with you through the years.

The wool we use is provided by South American sheep (mostly Uruguayans) and is processed on the Norwegian West Coast. These sheep provide softer wool than the Norwegians do.

If you want to get technical, wool fineness is measured in micron. Most Norwegian wool is at 32–34 micron, while the wool we use from South America is about 26,5. The infamous itchiness threshold is at 27 micron.

If you want a rough, primal looking wool product, but without the itch, 26,5 is just the value you want.

Washing instructions

Washing machine settings

  • All our products can be washed on 40°C wool setting.
  • Use detergent specifically for wool, or no detergent at all.

The wool setting on your washing machine gently lulls your product into cleanness, instead of tumbling it around. If it goes all centrifuge on you, don’t worry. The wool setting knows what it’s doing.

Do not tumble dry (and how to dry sweaters)

You may tumble dry it if you want to, but it will come out as something entirely else. That process is called felting, and is not what we are going for.

Sweaters should not hang up to dry, as it’s weight will over-stretch it. We recommend laying it down, maybe across a washstand.

Hand washing

You may also go completely rouge and hand wash your items. Just make sure the water is not above 40°C. We also recommend not to hand wash sweaters, since it can result in weird stretching.

Washing frequency

Wool is naturally anti-bacterial, so most of the time it’s enough to air it out. You are the judge of when washing is necessary, but the less you wash it the better it is for both the product and the environment.

Tightening up a stretched beanie

If you happen to have lent your cap to a friend with a rather large head, or have worn it and as a consequence of your thoughtlessness it no longer clings to your head, then do not despair. Just dip your cap in warm water, squeeze it tight and let it dry without stretching it out. The wool will shrink back to perfectly clasp your head again.

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