To wash or not to wash

To wash or not to wash

That is the question. And the answer is no. You don’t need to wash alpaca (or woollen) garments.

Over the years I’ve received messages from customers who have washed their knits in the washing machine or overwashed their pieces and sadly, their garments got ruined.
Keep in mind that our pieces are luxurious and hand-knitted. They’re sturdy but delicate at the same time.
If you look after your alpaca (or woollen) knitwear, it can last a lifetime.

Why you shouldn’t wash alpaca garments?

Alpaca fibre/fleece is naturally odour-resistant, so it won’t hold any smells. If you’d like to freshen up your knits (Ie: to get rid of smoke or strong smells), you can air your knits flat on a sunny day or in the fresh air.

Anti-microbial properties

Alpaca hair is naturally antimicrobial, which means that bacteria will not live in your garments and minimal cleaning is needed. This also means that it won’t smell due to bacteria. This was recently found in a test done in 2020 by the Alpacas Owners Association from North America in both, Huacaya and Suri alpacas.

Removing stains

Alpacas are originally from the Andes mountains where it can rain, hail and snow. Their fleece doesn’t let the water go through easily, Alpaca fleece is naturally water-repellent. So don’t panic if you spill wine or another liquid on your favourite garment.

~ Quickly, absorb the liquid with paper towel and if that’s not enough.
~ Treat the area with running water. Absorb the excess water with a clean towel
~ Dry your garment flat on top of a towel and let it dry.

If you find a really good reason to wash your garment… The golden rule is:

Don’t ever wash them in the washing machine

~ Hand-wash with soft detergent in cold water
~ Gently rinse and squeeze
~ Dry flat on top of a towel

Read more about how to store your garments during the warmer months and how to care for your knits for them to last many years.

Feel free to drop us a message if you have any questions or comments.





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