Take Care when Caring for Wool Sweaters

November 15, 2019

Wool sweaters are a staple in Boston. We wear them everywhere, in school, at work, at home, and on many occasions. We even love ugly Christmas sweaters.

Wool clothingWool is a popular sweater fabric because it is durable, comfortable, and an excellent insulator. If your wool sweater gets damp, hang it to air dry at room temperature. Do not hang near a heat source, as this will promote mildew. A gentle brushing of wool sweaters after each wearing helps remove surface soil.

If the care label suggests hand washing, use cool water with mild soap or bleach-free detergent. Soak up to five minutes and rinse thoroughly. Squeeze out excess water, but do not wring or twist the fabric. To dry, lay the sweater flat, away from sunlight or heat. If using a plastic sweater board as a drying surface, covering the board with a towel (under the sweater) will help prevent snagging.

If the care label suggests machine washing, use the gentle cycle. If your  wool sweater has stains, whether it’s food stains, ink stains, paint stains, wine stains or sweat stains, bring it or any sweater with a dry-clean-only label, to Utopia Cleaners for stain removal. Never put stained sweaters to storage, as the warmth and atmospheric exposure in the closet may set the stain. Wool sweaters should always be cleaned before storage to prevent the mildew and insect bites.

About Utopia Cleaners

Utopia Cleaners offers dry cleaning and laundry services to the communities in Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Wellesley, Belmont, Winchester, Arlington, Woburn, Brookline, Everett, Chelsea, Medford, and Lexington via dry cleaning delivery service and laundry drop off service. Other services include shirt laundryalterations, and wedding gown preservation.