5 Tips for Scarf Cleaning & Blanket Cleaning
We’re willing to bet that you can’t remember the last time that you did any wool scarf cleaning or blanket cleaning. But don’t let that bother you. First, you’re not alone and, second, there are many reasons why people don’t often clean wool blankets and scarves.
Wool is a sought-after material for items like blankets and scarves due to its comfy softness. While it’s possible to clean wool-like any other material, the problem is that, when you use regular washing methods, the wool tends to lose its softness. So most of us just try to keep our scarves and blankets as clean as possible to avoid washing them.
Air it Out
But wool is remarkable for another reason. It is a breathable material. That means just airing it out will get rid of moisture and many odours. So, before using any method of cleaning, let your scarf or blanket hang on the clothesline for a couple of hours. You’ll be surprised at how clean and fresh it will feel.
Use Spot Treatments
Stains are inevitable. If you have an isolated stain or mark, try using wool soap to spot clean the area. Use a dry, clean, lint-free cloth to remove the soap and dirt. Get rid of as much dampness as you can.
Pure wool can’t be machine washed because the heat can shrink it and the spinning can stretch it. To wash wool by hand, fill a clean sink, large container or bathtub with lukewarm water. Thoroughly mix wool soap into the water before adding your scarf or blanket. Fully submerge the items into the water and let them soak for at least 10 minutes.
After the items have soaked, you can work on specific areas that may be stained or marked. Gently rub the area with your hands and fingers. Do not rub the fabric together. The friction can cause shrinkage and pucker.
This step is critical to maintaining the integrity and shape of your garment. Wringing or hanging the garment will stress and stretch the fabric. Instead, lay the garment flat on a clean dry towel. Gently roll up the towel with the wool inside and squeeze out excess water. Unroll the towel and move the garment to another clean, dry towel. You can repeat the process to get rid of more moisture or leave the garment flat to dry.
Let the Wool Cleaning Experts at Parkers Clean it For You
The safest and best way to clean any wool garment, especially cashmere, is to have it dry cleaned. When you choose Parkers, your scarves and blankets are treated with the best care and cleaned in the best methods for cleaning wool.
For more information on cleaning your cold-weather garments, check out our recent post “How to Clean Canada Goose Jackets“.