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Caring for Wool Sweaters

Posted by David Whitehurst

 

Wool sweaters are a staple of cold weather fashion but proper care for wool sweaters can be tricky.

AdobeStock_12299884.jpegWhether the care label recommends dry cleaning or washing you sweater, we can clean sweaters for you.

If the care label says “Dry Clean Only” you should follow those instructions. An Call Champion Cleaners to handle it for you.  If the care label says you can wash your sweater - and you want to do it yourself, here are some tips to get you through the process successfully.

1. Wash your wool sweaters in warm (tepid) water in a sink or small bucket. You can use a store-bought soap like Woolite or use a few drops of dishwashing soap with about ¾ cup of white vinegar (to remove perspiration odor). If you must use a washing machine, use the gentlest cycle.

2. Gently squeeze the sweater with your hands for 3 to 4 minutes. Allow the sweater to soak for another five minutes.

3. Rinse twice in cold water to remove the soap. Squeeze the excess water out but NEVER wring it out. Wool can be mis-shaped is you do. Lay the sweater on a clean towel and place another towel on top and gently press to help it dry. Keep the sweater laying flat until dry. Do not place a wet sweater on a hanger to dry.

4. NEVER place a wool sweater in a dryer. If you do it will most likely shrink. You can fix this by washing it again and “blocking” it (reshape it) while its wet to return it to its normal size.

5. Once dry, brush the sweater to perk up the fibers.

6. Fold it for best results (rather than placing on a hanger).

How Often Should You Clean Your Sweater? - The answer to this question is simple. You should clean (wash or dry clean) your sweater when it’s dirty or smells bad. Wool fibers usually hold their shape (when dry) and steaming a sweater is not often needed. But if you spill something on it, blot it off immediately and then clean it as soon as possible. To do otherwise will allow stains to set.

How Should You Store Sweaters? – First make sure it is clean before storing. If you’ve worn it, even once, there is a good chance that there is dirt, makeup, food or perspiration on the sweater. Never store it until next season dirty. When storing between seasons, place them in a plastic container so creepy crawlers can got to the wool.

To Clean you Wool Sweater contact , we will handle it for you. 

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Topics: Sweater Care, Wool Sweater, Can I wash my wool sweater, Home Care Tips Wool Sweaters

How to Remove Fuzz Balls When Cleaning Sweaters

Posted by Brandi Kane

 

Photo of sweater showing "Pilling"

Want to stop looking fuzzy? Here’s the low down on how to defuzz!

This is called “pilling,” and it results from short or broken fibers on the surface of the fabric getting tangled together and forming a ball called a pill.  

Why Pilling?

This happens simply from the abrasion of the fabric against objects and itself during normal use and wear. Pilling frequently shows up around the arm pits, the sleeves, and the front of the sweater where abrasion is most common.  It can be minimized...and here’s how:

  • turn the garment inside out before washing, and

  • wash it using a shorter wash cycle, and

  • remove it from the dryer as soon as it is no longer damp.

Odds are, though, even if you’re really careful you’ll still see these fuzz balls.  The best way to remove them at home might be a little scary to think about, but works perfectly!

To "repair" a sweater with a Pilling problem try this.

Spread the item (usually a sweater) tightly over a flat surface. Now get a razor. Yes, even just a cheap one will work!  Now, shave the sweater.  Sounds crazy, but it won’t damage the fabric itself and it will scrape off those annoying pills.  You can also cut them off gently with scissors, but it will take longer and you’re more likely to cut a hole in the fabric that way.  

You can also get a sweater stone which does a good job.  But use the razor to get the stubborn pills.

Electric Pill Removers

If you want to get a bit fancy there are battery operated pill Photo of Pill Remover resized 600removers that work like  an electric razor, but these don’t necessarily work better than elbow grease.  We use these on your sweaters.  Of course, once the pills are removed they are likely to come back, so you’ll have to give your sweater some loving attention every now and then.  If you’re gentle with it and don’t wash it too much, you can keep your sweaters looking fresh and pill-free for a long time.

Here is a link to a You Tube video showing the process with a razor.

At professional dry cleaners, ask the customer service folks to help with your pilling problem.  Most good dry cleaners do this service at no additional charge.

 

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Topics: Sweater Care, Pilling, sweater, fuzz, balls

Fuzz Balls on Your Sweaters?

Posted by David Whitehurst

 

Photo of sweater showing "Pilling"

Ever get those teeny balls of fuzz all over your sweater?  Want to stop looking fuzzy? Here’s how!

This phenomenon is called “pilling,” and it results from short or broken fibers on the surface of the fabric getting tangled together and forming a ball called a pill.  

Why Pilling?

This happens simply from the natural abrasion of the fabric against objects and itself during normal use and wear. Pilling frequently shows up around the arm pits, the sleeves, and the front of the sweater where abrasion is most common. 

It can be minimized...and here’s how

  • turn the garment inside out before washing, and

  • wash it using a shorter wash cycle, and

  • remove it from the dryer as soon as it is no longer damp.

Odds are, though, even if you’re really careful you’ll still see these fuzz balls.  The best way to remove them at home might be a little scary to think about, but works perfectly!

To "repair" a sweater with a Pilling problem try this.

Spread the item (usually a sweater) tightly over a flat surface. Now get a razor. Yes, even just a cheap one will work!  Now, shave the sweater.  Sounds crazy, but it won’t damage the fabric itself and it will scrape off those annoying pills.  You can also cut them off gently with scissors, but it will take longer and you’re more likely to cut a hole in the fabric that way.  

You can also get a sweater stone which does a good job.  But use the razor to get the stubborn pills.

Electric Pill Removers

If you want to get a bit fancy there are battery operated pill Photo of Pill Remover resized 600removers that work like  an electric razor, but these don’t necessarily work better than elbow grease.  We use these on your sweaters.  Of course, once the pills are removed they are likely to come back, so you’ll have to give your sweater some loving attention every now and then.  If you’re gentle with it and don’t wash it too much, you can keep your sweaters looking fresh and pill-free for a long time.

Here is a link to a You Tube video showing the process with a razor.

 

Wash Dry and Fold Service in Birmingham Alabama

Need a Break...or Do You Need Someone You Can Depend On To handle Your Weekly Laundry Chores?

Get Champion Cleaners in Vestavia, Hoover and Calera Wash Dry & Fold Service.  We'll Even Pickup and Deliver In Our Service Area!  We Charge by The Pound...Not The Piece.

Topics: dry cleaners, dry cleaner, Sweater Care, Pilling

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