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How to wash wool and lambswool blankets

Our throws are made to be used every day, whether that's a wool throw to get cosy with on the sofa, or an extra large bed throw that you use every night to keep warm. All of our throws still need a little bit of attention every now and then. 

That's why we've created a short care guide on how to look after and wash your throws to make sure they last for many years to come. This care guide includes how to wash your wool throw at home and how to wash lambswool throws.

As wool is a natural material, just like a wool jumper, piling can occur. This is caused by friction and general daily use. We recommend that you use a piling comb should this occur.

1) Naturally Washing Wool Throws

For throws and blankets that aren't dirty but need uplifting, the best way to lift old smells in your wool is to carefully hang the throw outside on your washing line. 

Wool throws don't need washing as often as you may think. The fibres within wool are naturally self-cleaning. Simply give it a little shake to let some air in and let the breeze get at it, then hang it how you would hang your washing. Leave your wool throw to air-out for a couple of hours and it should start to smell fresher. 

(This cleaning process is suitable for all of our lambswool and wool throws, and our picnic rug range).

2) Hand Washing Wool Throws

For throws with odorous smells that just won't budge, the next step to cleaning your wool blanket is by hand. 

Fill a bath tub or a large basin with lukewarm water and mild detergent that is designed specifically for wool. Place your wool throw inside until it is fully soaked in water. Without scrunching or rubbing the wool together, give your blanket a good swirl around to ensure that the detergent is making its way into the woollen fibres. Do this for no more than 15 minutes. If you have used a wool soap, repeat the process but it clean cold water. 

Remove the blanket from the bath or basin and leave it flat to dry on towels. Do not wring the blanket or use any heat to try and dry it fast as this will only mishape it and could cause shrinkage. 

Do NOT tumble dry.

(This cleaning process is suitable for our wool throws and picnic rugs). 

3) Machine Wash Wool Throws

For wool throws with minor stains and blankets that are in need of a deeper clean, machine wash your wool. 

Our 100% wool throws are suitable for machine washing. This process of washing your wool should be taken with extra care. Before you start, make sure that you have selected the cold setting on your washing machine. Select the minimum spin to avoid your throw being ragged and pulled about as this can misshape it. Pop your throw in on its own with detergent that is specifically for wool. 

4) Dry Cleaning Wool and Lambswool Throws  

 For throws that contain cashmere, lambswool or anything other than 100% wool, the dry-cleaners is the best place for it to go. Make sure that they are confident in handling wool and lambswool as this process of washing needs more attention than others. 

Do not attempt to wash lambswool yourself as this will cause shrinkage. Our 100% wool throws can also be dry cleaned if you want to try and maintain their original condition as much as possible.