knitted item care recommendations
Please see our knitwear care instructions:
|How to Wash knitwear|
|Detergent||Mild or wool wash|
|Water Temperature||Please see label|
|Cycle Type||Gentle or permanent press|
|Drying Cycle Type||Do not use dryer, dry flat|
|Special Treatments||Hand-wash alone or delicate/hand wash in a mesh bag|
|Iron Settings||Do not iron|
The best way to prevent clothes from bobbling is to treat them with extra TLC. Here’s how to care for your knitwear:
Before washing, please tie the waistband tie string as this will prevent it from coming out of the waist band while being washed.
1. Always wash knitwear inside out – that way any bobbles will form on the inside of your jumper rather than on the outside.
2. If you’re washing knitwear in a machine, use a short, delicate cycle – this spins your jumpers at a gentler speed for a shorter period of time.
3. Switch washing powder for a gentle liquid detergent, which is softer on clothes.
4. Wash knitwear separately. Don’t mix knitwear with heavier fabrics like denim, or anything with zips or buttons, which will rough them up in the washing drum.
5. Don’t overload the washing machine – if clothes don’t have space to move freely, they are likely to pill as they rub up against each other.
6. Hand wash knitwear wherever possible – it’s the gentlest way to keep knitwear clean.
7. Avoid putting knitwear in the tumble dryer – the heat will make bobbling infinitely worse.
8. Brush your knitwear regularly with a lint roller or garment brush to remove loose fibres before they can form bobbles.
If the item still got bobbly:
If your knitwear are already riddled with bobbles, it’s a simple task to remove the fuzz and return them to their former glory.
The best way to de-fuzz knitwear is to cut the bobbles away at the surface. There are people who advise shaving your knitwear with a razor, but this method can leave sweaters with nicks and bald patches. These days there are specially designed combs and battery-powered removers that will do a much better job. Alternatively, use a pair of nail scissors.
Whatever you do, resist the temptation to pull the bobbles off with your fingers. You’re likely to break yet more fibres and cause even more pulls to form.