"Thanks to its chemical and physical qualities, wool must be washed rarely. Wool actually pushes off dirt. Odors and liquids are neutralized. So, wool textiles need to be washed only from time to time. To do it in the fresh air for a while is mostly enough.
However if woolen articles have to be washed, natural wool is hand washing. This is far less complicated than assumed and rarely a machine wash is worth for only one or two wool products.
Many modern washing machines have a special wool program which often brings good washing results. But please be careful and follow the specifications of the machine’s manufacturer. You might wash an older woolen textile first, before the new favorite sweater gets into the machine.
In its chemical structure wool is very similar to human hair. Therefore, as in the hair washing a quite gentle cleaning should take place. Wool is very sensitive to alkalines and hence also soap. We recommend using a special wool detergent. Please avoid using perfumes or even softener, as these might remain in the textile and could irritate the skin.
The easiest way for hand washing of wool articles is to do it in the hand basin. Please fill it with cold, max. 30 ° C warm water (check with baby bath thermometer) and admit wool shampoo according to the instructions on the bottle. For colored articles please make a color test at a non-visible place.
In order to avoid matting of the wool, it may neither be soaked nor rubbed, wringed nor brushed. Just press easily several times with the hand. The shorter the washing process, the better for the wool product. Let run off the wash water and rinse the wool article with clear water. Please pay attention that it has the same temperature as the washing water. Otherwise, wool suffers a "temperature shock" and pulls together quickly. Press wash and rinse water carefully from the wool article and let it dry.
Drying in the sun, on the heater, or even in the dryer is taboo. Put the wool article on a dry terry towel and let it dry at a well aerated, shady place."
Please note, once the natural lanolin is used up, these covers will require lanolizing to maintain their "water-repellant" qualities. Please find lanolizing products here.