Wool pants should ideally be dry cleaned by a professional. However, you can safely hand wash most wool pants in lukewarm water, being extremely careful not to shrink, stretch or otherwise alter the shape of the garment.Continue Reading
The risk of the pants shrinking depends on its specific blend of materials. Most wool pants are made of a bland of wool and acrylic, and are less likely to shrink than a 100% wool sweater. Still, it is easy to damage the shape and fit of wool pants by washing them in a washing machine.
To hand wash wool pants, fill a tub with lukewarm water. The water should feel comfortable to your hands. Add mild, wool-safe detergent and swirl around. You may also add 3/4 cup of white vinegar to effectively remove odors. Submerge the wool pants in the water and gently swirl around. Do not wring or rub the material as this will stretch it out and alter its fit. Pull the pants out of the water, drain the tub, and refill it with clean, lukewarm water. Submerge the pants and swirl them again. Pull them out, and gently roll them up in a clean towel to squeeze out water without wringing or rubbing. Let the pants dry on the towel, keeping in mind that wool tends to set in place as it dries.Learn more about Laundry
Most wool garments are hand washed with mild soap, such as a delicate wash or a detergent specifically made for wool. If there is a care label on the garment, follow its specific instructions. Dry cleaning is also an option.Full Answer >
Some wool blankets can be washed in a washing machine, but only if allowed in the manufacturer's instructions or on the label. Manufacturers often coat wool blankets in a resin that protects the fibers from damage in a washing machine. Blankets without this protection must be dry cleaned in order to prevent shrinkage and other problems.Full Answer >
To iron felt fabric, set the iron on a low, wool mode, and iron the fabric continuously from left to right. Turn the fabric over, and repeat the process. Take caution not to scorch the fabric.Full Answer >
To iron dress pants, fold the pants in half so the seams align, and then iron the inner legs before the front of the legs. You need a steam iron with a burst setting.Full Answer >