Don't be afraid when it comes time to wash your Merino wool clothes. On the sheep’s back, wool grows through the toughest feats Mother Nature can throw at them, and despite being luxuriously soft next to your own skin, Merino wool is still a tough, resilient fibre. If it can survive wind, snow and rain, there’s no reason why it can’t survive a washing machine either.
Your wool pants generally won't need to be washed after every use as it is stain and odour resistant. Try lightly brushing your wool suit trousers and hanging them up in a steamy bathroom to give them a quick refresh. This trick will also remove any creases.
However, when it is time to wash your woollens, always check your wool pants’ care claim on the sew-in label.
Clothes carrying the Woolmark Machine Washable label can be safely machine washed in a washing machine multiple times, without shrinkage taking place. Ideally garments carrying such labels should be washed on the wool setting (usually gentle action at 40°C). If your washing machine does not have a wool cycle, then it is recommended to use the cold water wash or wash cycle for delicates. It is recommended that garments are flat dried after washing.
If your garment states Hand Wash Only, then hand wash in clean, lukewarm water, approximately 30°C, using a mild and gentle detergent. Allow to soak for a period of 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly firstly in lukewarm water, then finally in cold water.
Remember, if in doubt, hand wash is the best option. It is also recommended to used a Woolmark-approved detergent where possible.
The Woolmark Company has released a Wool Care Guide app, placing information on apparel care at the tip of your fingers. Available for all Apple and android devices, the Wool Care Guide app can be downloaded free-of-charge via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store