How to take care of your vintage woollens....

Caring for vintage woollen clothes requires a little extra attention and patience, but with the right techniques, you can keep your cherished pieces in great condition for years to come. Here are some tips on how to care for your vintage woollen clothes:

  1. Wash carefully: Hand washing or dry cleaning is the best option for vintage woollen clothes. Use a gentle detergent and avoid using hot water, as it can shrink the wool. If hand washing, gently squeeze out excess water without wringing the garment. Dry flat to retain shape.

  2. Store properly: Fold vintage woollen clothes and store them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. You can also store woollen clothes in acid-free tissue paper to prevent discolouration and protect the fibres.

  3. Remove any stains promptly: Stains can be difficult to remove once they have set in, so it's important to address them as soon as possible. Spot clean with a gentle cleaning solution, and avoid rubbing the stain, as this can spread it.

  4. Prevent moths: Moths are a common problem for vintage woollen clothes, as they feed on the natural fibres. Store woollen clothes in airtight containers, and use cedar blocks or mothballs to repel moths.

  5. Be gentle: Vintage woollen clothes are delicate, so it's important to handle them with care. Avoid pulling or stretching the fibres, and be careful when wearing and removing the garment.

Follow our 'How to' series for taking care and repairing your vintage finds.

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