• Wool retains its shape after being stretched
  • Wool can absorb up to 30%
    of its weight in moisture
    without feeling damp

Wool Cleaning & Care

wool is one of nature's greatest insulators

Soft, cozy, and breathable, wool is one of nature's greatest insulators. A highly popular fabric for tailoring fine garments, it beautifully resists wear-and-tear. Remarkably, wool not only retains its shape after being stretched, but it can also absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp.

When cared for properly, a quality sheepskin/shearling garment or product can be a luxurious, lifelong investment in comfort and style. Basic care rules are quite simple.

NAVIGATE: Care for Fine Wools  /  Wool Blankets

General Rules

  • Carefully consult the washing instructions on the label inside the garment
  • Store garments with enough room for creases to "hang out"
  • Don't dry wool garments with high heat sources such as blow dryers and radiators
  • Rinse surface stains with cold water to avoid shrinkage
  • Dry cleaning is the best way to clean a wool blanket

Caring for Fine Wools

As with all fine fabrics, quality wool garments can provide years of enjoyment, when properly cared for. The guidelines below offer basic care instructions.


After wear, empty the pockets to prevent bulging or sagging.
Short-term - On frequently-worn items, hang the garment on a sturdy hanger in a cool, ventilated environment. Never cram wool garments together; allow enough room for creases to "hang out."

Long-term - It is wise to dry clean first, which removes bodily oils, thus keeping moths at bay. Hang or fold the items (never hang knits!) and store with mothballs or fresh cedar blocks, which tend to have a more pleasant odor.


Air dry your garment in a well-ventilated room of moderate temperature, keeping it away from direct heat and sunlight. Never dry wool garments with a blow dryer, a radiator, strong sunlight, or a fire. Do not tumble dry in the dryer unless the label specifies so.


Stains - Surface stains can be removed if attended to immediately. Rinse small stains with cold water and/or seltzer and dab dry with a clean cloth (not a paper towel).

Washing - Carefully consult the washing instructions on the label inside the garment. Some items can be hand washed at home, but others require dry cleaning. Occasionally, some items can be machine washed and dried, when specified on the label.

Strong odors - Air out the garment in a well-ventilated room. If odors persist, take the item to a reputable dry cleaner in your area.

Ironing - Carefully consult the instructions on the label. Many wool garments will shed their creases when hung in a steamy bathroom for a short while, or overnight. Deeper wrinkles can often be removed by ironing on the "wool" setting with a damp cloth or steam iron. Always read the label first.

Store with fresh cedar blocks
For long-term storage, dry clean your garment first
Air dry your garment
Keep away from heat sources
Dab dry with a clean cloth
Rinse stain with cold water
Hang in steamy bathroom to remove creases

Caring for Wool Blankets

With proper care, wool blankets can last for decades. Here are some tips for keeping your blankets in tiptop shape.


Wool blankets do not like to be machine washed (especially in hot water). Washing in water will cause shrinkage, the higher the water temperature the greater the shrinkage. Should a blanket shrink you will not be able to re-stretch it without ruining the blanket.

Dry cleaning - Dry cleaning is the best way to clean a wool blanket and results in a fresh and soft blanket. You don't need to dry clean the blanket often, maybe two or three times a year. In between the dry cleaning, a good shake or brushing off is adequate.

Hand wash - An alternative to dry cleaning is to hand wash your blanket in cold water using a special wool cleaner. Indigenous Designs recommends using the "Wool Wash" brand. After the wash, it is recommended you lay your blanket flat to air dry.

Over time, areas of the blanket will start to show signs of wear. Little bobbles of wool will form around the wearing areas. This is known as pilling. The fabric will become rougher than normal and the insulation qualities will be degraded. The bobble can be removed by applying a soft brush to the affected area.

Do not use hot water
Do not machine wash or put it in the dryer
Dry cleaning is the best way to clean a wool blanket


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