Basic Wool Care
Proper care will ensure years of wear for your Pendleton blankets and clothes. But because wool is naturally stain, odor and wrinkle-resistant it’s low maintenance. Minor wrinkles disappear when a garment is hung, and 24 hours usually restores a smooth appearance. And there’s no need to clean a garment every time you wear it. Just brush with a lint brush and air out between wearings.
Washable Wool Care
Many of our washable wool shirts, including our Board and Lodge Shirts, have been pre-washed and have a special finish to prevent shrinkage. Please reference the tag for specific care instructions. Machine washable wool blankets should be washed cold on the gentle cycle then hung to dry.
Wool Blanket Care
Dry cleaning is the best way to maintain your blanket. Even with the mildest washing methods blankets will lose 3"-6" in length. And shrinkage could increase with successive launderings. Also, blankets may become stiff and dense, permanently changing the soft hand and smooth appearance. So unless a blanket specifically states “washable,” please dry clean only.
Preventing Moth Damage
Moth damage typically occurs during storage or when wool garments aren’t worn regularly. Clothes moths, which are small and buff-colored, choose dark, quiet places to lay eggs and their larvae feed on wool. Here are several easy ways to help prevent that damage:
• Brush your blankets or the wool clothes in your active wardrobe regularly with a lint or nylon-bristled clothes brush.
• Clean wool articles before storing. Soiled wools (even those with invisible body oils) are more likely to attract moths.
• After cleaning, store wools in an airtight bag or container.
• Mothballs and crystals are very effective. However, cedar and herbal products have limited effectiveness.
Wool Hat Care
• Brush the hat regularly to remove loose soil and lint
• Use a lint brush, a soft natural bristle brush or a natural sponge
• On felt hats, brush around the hat in one direction