Products made of alpaca fiber are largely self-cleaning and require similar care as conventional wool products.
How do I care or wash alpaca clothing?
That´s quite easy and simple.
Here are the best tips for optimum care - from alpaca jumpers to gloves:
- Airing makes alpaca clothing pure and fresh, as it is perfectly self-cleaning, dirt and odor repellent
- If washing is necessary, always wash cold by hand, below 30°C
- Only use wool detergent
- Never spin-dry, otherwise it could easily become matted
- Do not use fabric softener
- Lay out on a flat surface to dry, do not hang
- Alpaca is sensitive to heat, do not use a dryer or iron
- Follow the special care instructions on the garment label
My item has taken on odors (e.g. smoke). What can I do?
Ventilate your garment well. This may sound strange at first, but is due to the nature of the fiber: Unlike sheep‘s wool, alpaca fiber is a hollow fiber and is largely self-cleaning. This means that odors and dirt are not absorbed by the fibers and work their way out of the material more quickly. If you air your product well and regularly after wearing it, you will enjoy it for a very long time.
What do I have to consider when washing?
As a general rule, use only wool detergent and wash the products only by hand. Do not use fabric softener. Do not leave your product in water or soak it for too long. Very important: Only wash cold, i.e. below 30°C. At high temperatures, alpaca fiber behaves in a similar way to hair over a source of heat: it contracts and curls. Your garment may therefore felt and shrink if washed too warm. Spin-drying should also be avoided at all costs, as this initiates the felting process. After washing, do not wring out the garment, but lay it out flat to dry. The surface of a clothes drying rack is suitable for this purpose. Ideally, lay a dry terry towel underneath. We do not recommend hanging the product. This prevents the structure from warping and unsightly creases from forming. Avoid drying in the sun or on the radiator.
My item is a little creased or has wrinkles, what can I do?
No need to worry, this can be quickly remedied if you have a steam iron.
- Fill your steam iron with water and switch to the lowest temperature setting. This often corresponds to the setting for silk.
- Hang your item on a coat hanger or lay it out flat.
- Now steam with the iron quickly along the creases or creases. It is important that you DO NOT touch the garment, so keep a distance of a few centimeters from the surface of the fabric when steam is released. The steam alone will make the creases disappear very quickly. For very stubborn cases, you can place a damp cotton cloth between the steam iron and the product and steam it off thoroughly. Please be very careful, because too much heat will damage the fiber enormously.
Knitted items must always be stored lying down. In the wardrobe (especially in summer) alpaca clothing should always be stored with some lavender or cedar wood. Pure natural wool without chemical treatment is very popular for moths. Alternatively, you can put special moth protection products or a piece of lavender soap in the wardrobe.