How To Care For Your Alpaca Knitwear
Gently soak the garment in cool water for 5 minutes with a mild detergent or shampoo. Squeeze the suds through, but avoid wringing, twisting or heavy agitation. Rinse a couple of times in clean, cool water & gently squeeze out any excess. Be careful not to cause stretching or distortion. Lay the garment flat between 2 towels & roll up for a minute to allow the towels to absorb the water. Place the garment on a dry towel in its original shape. Make sure it’s not in any direct sunlight or heat. Turn it over when the top side is dry.
We highly recommend scoping out your local green dry cleaners. They typically use alternatives to the cleaning agent perc, which is a known air & ground water pollutant & human carcinogen.
Fold your knitwear flat in a closet rather than on a hanger as it can stretch & distort. For long term storage, place it into a pillow case, paper bag or the solosix drawstring bag provided. Add a bit of lavender to keep the moths away.
Alpaca Fiber Facts
- Alpaca is hypoallergenic as it doesn’t contain lanolin (a coating on sheeps wool known to cause allergies).
- It doesn’t pill like crazy compared with other fibers so you won’t have to pick those stubborn balls of irritation off every time you want to wear it.
- Alpaca yarn is stronger than its natural competitors which means it will hold its shape better and reduce distortion.
- Alpaca is less staticky than other fibers which not only means there’s less chance of you looking like you’ve been electrocuted when you put it on, but also less chance of attracting dirt and dust.
- It is more stain resistant. Alpaca won’t take on grease and oil without a fight so a little blotting with a damp cloth will usually do the trick.
- If washed correctly it has a lower tendency to shrink than cashmere and wool.