One of the most important, yet simple, aspects of owning Woolistic Merino wool cycling clothing is the wash care. Washing Merino wool bicycle jerseys is easy, yet some make serious mistakes that are avoidable if the wash label instructions are followed. Takes about five seconds to read the label. To reinforce the wash instructions, we decided to give a refresher course on Merino Wool Care.
- WOOL DETERGENT : Wool is hair. Don’t forget this. Some folks grab any normal detergent (Tide, Era, All, Arm & Hammer, etc.) and toss the wool garment in the wash machine with cotton jeans, shirts, etc., only to see it come out damaged. Please don’t! Use only proper wool detergent when washing Merino wool. This is hyper important. We recommend IVORY SNOW LIQUID or ECOVER DELICATE WASH. Ecover Delicate is available at Whole Foods or on Amazon.com. Ivory Snow is a Proctor and Gamble product found at most major supermarkets. We do not recommend ‘Woolite’. We know the name sounds so right… but it is not Woolmark endorsed and we find the formula too harsh. If you ever consider a normal aggressive detergent like Tide, Era, etc, ask yourself, “would I wash my own hair with ‘Tide’ detergent in the shower?”. No way! Use a wool detergent and have peace of mind.
- WASH COLD on DELICATE CYCLE: Machine wash cold on delicate cycle with like colors. Zipper up. Since wool doesn’t really hold odor, we can go five or six wears before needing to wash. Look at the time and money that saves compared to synthetics that need washing after most uses. If after a ride dried sweat crystals have built up on the collar, simply rinse the area under a faucet, pat dry with towel (dont twist!) and lay flat to dry. Simple.
- DRYING: After the spin cycle in the machine, lay the jersey flat to dry inside your home. After some hours flip the jersey so other side can dry. Never hang a wet wool jersey as it can cause it to stretch. If you want smooth, the jersey can be ironed using wool heat setting.
And that’s all there is to it! Woolistic Merino wool cycling apparel will keep it’s comfort, shape, and colors when instructions are followed. Enjoy the performance and style!