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Care of merino clothes

Care and washing of merino clothes

  • the most important care measure of merino wool cloth is airing
  • less frequently you wash the item, the better
  • see the washing instructions in the care label attached to the product
  • machine wash using wool/delicate wash programme or hand wash depending on the product
  • use a wash bag to save a machine washable merino wool garment
  • low wash temperature, 30 degrees, the product’s inside turned out
  • use a detergent suitable for washing wool, pH < 7
  • do not use a rinse agent
  • spin the garment with the lowest possible spin settings
  • don’t use a tumble dryer
  • pull the cloth into shape whilst it’s damp
  • prefer flat drying
  • don’t hang or dangle knitted garments and sweaters when they are damp because of their stretching
  • you may iron or steam the product gently with the lowest setting
  • use a lint remover – merino wool garments get pilled with rubbing
  • keep merino wool garments as folded – keeping them on hangers will stretch the knit

Merino base layer sets
Merino wool sweaters and clothes

Merino socks
Merino accessories

Merino wool needs washing only very seldom, because wool fibre repels dirt by its nature. Therefore, the most important care measure of a merino wool cloth is to give the cloth airing. Merino wool’s ability to cleanse itself in fresh air reduces significantly the need for traditional wash. Airing will remove all odours – including that ofsmoke and sweat. The knit will benefit if you use a lint remover.

You’ll always find exact washing instructions in the wash label attached to North Outdoor garments. All merino wool products are not to be washed in the same manner. Our product range includes both base layer sets made of thin knit as well as softer and thicker knitwear. You should also take care of your merino socks and garments from time to time.

When a wool garment is exposed to rubbing, wool fibres will detach and build up lint. We recommend regular use of a lint remover on our products. You can pick the biggest lint balls by fingers. Don’t be scared of pilling. It is a part of the nature of wool, and it will stabilize when most loose fibres have come off. You should care for your wool garments regularly, to make them last in good shape for years to come.

Care of merino base layer sets

The most important care measure of merino wool base layer sets is to give them airing. You can keep a base layer set fresh for a couple of weeks’ journey without any trouble, when you hang the clothes outside for a few hours after use. Merino wool base layers cleanse themselves in fresh air.

North Outdoor’s base layer sets are machine washable. Always use a wash bag, wool detergent (pH 7 or lower) and wool/delicate wash programme for these clothes. The recommended wash programme will extend the life of merino knit, because the spin cycle in delicate wash programme is gentler for the garment.

The use of a wash bag will reduce the pilling of wool knit. A wool detergent is a detergent optimal for wool, as usual alkaline i.e. basic washing agent liquids may fade and bleed the colours of merino wool knit. Garments also get worn and may get holes, because alkaline solutions stick to wool fibres and make them weaker.

You don’t have to wash the entire merino wool base layer set if it catches some visible dirt. The cleansing will not take a very long time, when you wash the mere stain off by hand. 

Do not use a rinse agent. Merino wool is by nature soft and antistatic, and for this reason, a rinse agent won’t be needed for the handling of the knit.

Pull the garment into shape when it is damp, and let it dry into its proper size as straightened. The knit in a merino base layer set will shrink approx. 3-5 per cent in wash. Light stretching will keep a garment in its original shape. If a base layer set has stretched excessively in use, you may skip the stretching. This will result as a better fitting base layer set. Don’t use a tumble dryer. Prefer flat drying.

Care of merino wool sweaters

Merino wool sweaters stay in good shape for a long time, when you give them airing as frequently as possible. You should wash small stains and dark spots at sleeve ends as soon as you notice them. You don’t have to wash the entire garment then.  If a garment looks completely dirty, you may wash the whole piece of knitwear and a sweater by hand using a detergent for wool.  Do not use a rinse agent. Merino wool is by nature soft and antistatic, and for this reason, a rinse agent won’t be needed for the handling of the knit.

Finland | nature

The wash instruction for the products in this collection is hand wash using wool detergent. The rolling and spinning in the washing machine will detach wool fibres and stretch the knit. You should not machine wash Nature garments ever. After hand wash, squeeze most water gently out of the damp cloth. Always prefer flat drying. Be careful not to over-stretch a merino garment. You may try to return a merino sweater that has over-stretched when damp into its shape by washing and setting the garment to its exact desired shape and size. Let the garment dry into its shape as flat in its place. You’ll get rid of creases and folds in a wool garment by ironing or steaming.

North Outdoor’s Nature garments may get slightly pilled. Pick small lint balls by fingers or use for example a lint remover that is now available in North Outdoor’s webstore, too. We do not recommend a lint comb as the primary means to care for Nature garments. Too strong use of a comb has been noted to detach wool fibres excessively. Pilling will become less frequent along with time, when you use the lint remover regularly.

Finland | lux

The washing instruction for the products in this collection is hand wash using wool detergent. The garments in the collection are made of fine combed merino wool. Give Lux garments always an airing after use, because fresh air will cleanse the knit. Wash these garments only if you find visible stains in them. Wash the garments by hand, and always use wool detergent. Squeeze water out of the cloth by hand, set the product into desired shape and prefer flat drying. Be careful not to over stretch the knit.

You’ll get rid of creases and folds on Lux garments by ironing or steaming the garment using a low setting. You may iron the rib knit in the collar and sleeve ends, too. When exposed to rubbing, Lux garments may form lint balls, even though it is less frequent in case of smooth combed yarn. This happens in particular when you start using a new garment. Pilling is a characteristic typical of wool, and it will stabilize along with time. You can remove pilling by a lint remover. Place a merino wool garment on a flat surface and move the lint remover gently on the areas where there are lint balls. Handle seams with particular care. If there are places in the garment, where yarns are coming up from the knit, do not move the lint remover over these areas. Use the lint remover when necessary, and you’ll keep the merino wool garment tidy and give it a longer life.

All Day and Intense Pro

The most important care and wash measure for All day and Intense Pro garments is airing. All garments in these collections are machine washable. Always use a wash bag, wool detergent (pH 7 or lower) and 30°C wool /delicate wash programme with the lowest spin setting for these garments. High speed spin will detach wool fibres causing unnecessary pilling and stretching the knit. The use of a wash bag will reduce the pilling of wool knit.

You don’t always have the wash the entire merino wool garment, if there is a visible stain on it. You’ll get the garment clean quickly by washing the mere stain off by hand.

Smooth creases and folds away by ironing or steaming with the lowest setting. When you use a lint remover when necessary, you’ll keep a merino wool garment tidy and give it a longer life. Place a merino wool garment on a flat surface and move the lint remover gently on the areas where there are lint balls. Handle seams with particular care. If there are places where the yarn has come up from the knit in the garment, don’t move the lint remover over these parts of the knit. Keep clothes as folded instead of placing them on the hanger.

Care of merino socks

As odd as it may sound, airing is the most important care measure of merino wool socks, too. Wool has an amazing ability to cleanse itself, even though there were socks in question. You may wear the socks very well for a longer journey. Merino wool socks are a good alternative also for those who suffer from the sweating of feet, because the sock breathes and do not collect odour to itself.

Merino wool socks can be washed in a washing machine. Neither a rinse agent nor tumble drier is recommended for socks. We recommend using a wash bag also for merino socks, as it will reduce pilling.

North Outdoor’s AITTA socks are made of 100% merino wool. Their care is similar to that of merino wool sweaters.

Care of merino accessories

The most important care measure of merino accessories is airing. Especially, after a workout where you have sweated, beanies, tube scarves and balaclavas need fresh air. You’ll find the washing method recommended for North Outdoor products on the wash label attached to each product and on our website on the product specific page. Some products are machine washable, while some require hand wash.

Machine washable merino wool accessories

When washing a merino accessory in machine, use a wash bag, wool detergent and wool/delicate wash programme. Do not use a fabric softener or a tumble dryer. Machine washable accessories do not stand high speed spin. You may stretch also accessories after wash, if you feel they have gone into a heap. Similarly, if an accessory has become over-stretched, you can shape it to make it firmer, and dry it into form after a wash.

Hand washable merino wool accessories

Hand washable merino wool accessories stay good for a long time, when you give them airing as often as possible. You should wash small stains and dark spots on accessories by hand at once when you notice them. This means that you don’t have to wash the entire accessory. You may wash an accessory that has become completely dirty by hand using wool detergent. Prefer flat drying for accessories.

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