Guide How to store your knitwear
A few simple tips for keeping your wool and cashmere garments safe from moths during the summer.
01 First, make sure the garments are thoroughly clean. Wash them gently on a cold cycle or have them dry-cleaned before you put them away for the summer. Clean wool is much less attractive to moths and has less risk of bacteria forming during storage.
02 Gently fold your knitwear and pack each piece into a vacuum bag together with a small cotton bag of cedar wood balls. Avoid putting the cedar balls directly on the garment, as they might leave grease stains. The airtight package helps save space and keeps the garment away from insects.
03 Store the vacuum bags in a sealed clear plastic box, with heavier knits in the bottom and lighter ones on the top. (If you don’t have any vacuum bags, just store the garments in a sealed box, gently folded with cedar wood balls in cotton bags in between each piece.) Using a clear box makes it easier to find individual garments when it’s time to change your wardrobe for a new season.
When you’ve unpacked the knits in the autumn, you can easily regain the shape and texture of the garments with a steamer.
care Wool blankets
Merino wool, lambswool, mohair – there are many different types of wool. Most do not need to be washed that often and can be spot cleaned where needed and simply aired out.
When you do wash wool, always check the instructions on the care label first and either wash it by hand or in the delicate cycle on your washing machine on a low temperature and with a mild detergent. Put wool in a mesh washing bag to prevent snagging and felting.
To avoid stretching the wool fibres, do not wring wool clothes and always dry them flat, preferably on a towel to absorb any extra moisture.
Ironing after washing helps to restore the material’s natural sheen – use a steam iron on the wool setting and a pressing cloth.