How to Wash Wool Shawls

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Wool shawls are intricate and beautiful. Rich in shades, they have quality, fine finish and an elaborate design. A woollen shawl means enveloping yourself in comfort. It is luxury, soft to the touch. It allows easy movement. The washing process for woollen shawls is far from simple. The delicate fibres are to be handled with care. High temperatures, rough handling, twisting and wringing ruin them.

Let’s check the methods of washing different kinds of Woollen Shawls.

Pashmina Wool Shawls

Pashmina shawls are among the finest. The wool comes from pashmina goats. The shawl is usually hand-spun as the wool is too delicate to be handled in any other way. The soft and warm shawls are snug-fit, last long and a person and his or her shawl become one.

Hand-Wash Method

1. Hand wash the pashmina shawl gently with warm water and a mild soap or baby shampoo. Let the shawl soak for 15 minutes. Rinse the shawl until the soap is washed away. Place the shawl in a ziplock plastic bag. Shake the bag for a few minutes. Do not twist or wring the shawl.

2. Spread the folded shawl it on a dry towel. Allow the towel to absorb water from the shawl. Hang the unwrinkled to dry thoroughly.

Machine-Wash Method

1. Pashmina shawls can be machine washed in cold water with a light detergent, using the delicate mode of the washing machine. Use the machine’s short spin cycle. Warm water can also be used to wash pashmina shawls with a natural shampoo. Do not twist or wring the shawls.

2. Roll the shawls in a towel to remove excess water. Spread the folded shawl on a fresh dry towel put on a flat surface and let the shawl air-dry.

Merino Wool Shawls

Merino Wool shawls are lightweight, odour-resistant, naturally wicking, and breathable. Among the finest of shawls, they are warm, snug-fit and beautiful.

Hand-Wash Method

1. Fill a basin with warm water. Add a mild detergent suitable for delicate garments. Dip the shawl in the water. Allow it to soak for about five minutes. Remove every trace of the detergent by rinsing with warm water.

2. No twisting or wringing of the shawl. Squeeze the shawl lightly to get as much water out as possible. Roll it in a towel and let the towel absorb water. Spread the shawl flat on a towel or on a drying rack for air-drying.

Machine-Wash Method

1. Wash the merino shawl in the washing machine on the gentle/ delicate cycle. Use barely warm water and a gentle detergent. Use the washing machine’s short spin cycle. Rinse the shawl thoroughly with warm water.

2. Do not tumble dry. Squeeze gently to push out water. Wrap the shawl in a towel and let the towel absorb water. Spread flat on another towel to air-dry but away from direct sun.

Acrylic Wool Shawls

The durable acrylic shawls usually have fast colours, mesmerizing designs and smooth finish. The material is soft, warm and skin-friendly.

Hand-Wash Method

1. Hand wash the acrylic shawl, using warm water and a mild detergent. Allow the shawl to soak in the soapy water for five minutes. After thorough rinsing with warm water, roll the shawl in a towel and allow the towel to absorb as much water as possible.

2. Never wring the shawl, nor twist it. Spread the shawl on a dry towel to air-dry.

Machine-Wash Method

1. Place the acrylic shawl in a bag for extra protection during the wash cycle. Wash on the gentle cycle for a quick and gentle wash, using warm or cool water and a mild detergent. Rinse the shawl until the detergent is washed away.

2. Do not twist or wring the shawl. Wrap it in a towel and allow the towel to soak the water. Spread the shawl flat on another towel and let it air dry completely, away from direct sun.

Blended Wool Shawls

The shimmering blended wool shawls have extraordinary elegance. They are available in many colours. They are lightweight but super warm. Blended wool shawls usually have 80 percent wool and 20 percent synthetic fibre.

Hand-Wash Method

1. Hand wash the blended wool shawl in cold water with a mild detergent. Let the shawl soak in the soapy water for about five minutes. Swirl the shawl gently. Rinse it long enough to get rid of the detergent completely. Do not wring or twist the shawl.

2. Roll the folded shawl in a towel and let the towel soak water. Air-dry the shawl by placing it on a towel spread on a flat surface.

Machine-Wash Method

1. Many manufacturers allow machine washing of blended wool shawls. Wash the shawl in a washing machine, using the gentle cycle. Use cold or warm water and a mild detergent.

2. Gently squeeze the water out of the shawl by pressing it. Do not twist or wring the shawl. Roll the folded shawl in a towel and absorb water. Spread the shawl on a flat towel to air-dry in a shade.

Angora Wool Shawls

Angora shawls are extra soft. With excellent insulating, angora shawls have remarkable beauty and warming quality. The wool with silky touch is available in many colours. And the angora shawls usually have an innovative design.

Hand-Wash Method

1. For hand washing an angora shawl, use warm water, with a plain hair shampoo. Soak the shawl in the soapy water for a few minutes. Squeeze gently to press out dirt. Do not wring or twist the shawl.

2. Rinse in warm water, squeeze out excess water, absorb water by rolling the shawl in a towel, and spread the shawl flat on another towel to air-dry, away from direct sunlight.

Machine-Wash Method

1. Machine wash an angora shawl with delicate/ woollen cycle. Use cold water and a mild detergent. Put the shawl in a bag. Use the machine’s short spin cycle. Rinse the shawl thoroughly. Squeeze out the water gently. Do not wring or twist the shawl.

2. Roll the shawl in a towel so as to allow the towel to absorb as much water as possible. Spread the shawl flat on a towel to air-dry, away from sun. Do not use any dryer.

Cashmere Wool Shawls

The Cashmere wool shawls are soft, light weight, trendy and comfortable to wear. They have nice combination of colours. The bright shawls create an aura of richness. The fibre from cashmere goats has a fine texture. It is strong but soft.

Hand-Wash Method

1. Pre-treat soiled spots using water and the blotting action. Do not rub. Fill the sink with warm water and add a mild detergent or shampoo. Immerse the shawl and squeeze gently. Do not wring or twist. Swirl the shawl in the soapy water. Rinse with warm water thoroughly.

2. Press the shawl gently to squeeze the excess water out. Roll the shawl in a towel and let the towel absorb the extra water. Spread flat on another towel to air-dry, away from direct sun.

Machine-Wash Method

1. A Cashmere wool shawls can be washed in a machine using the delicate or wool cycle, cold water and a mild detergent or shampoo suitable for wool. Se the machine’s short spin cycle. Do not twist or wring the shawl. Do not tumble dry.

2. Remove the shawl from the machine, press gently to squeeze water out, roll in a towel and allow it to absorb water and spread flat on another towel to air-dry, away from direct sunlight.

Australian Wool Shawls

Australian wool shawls are elegant, stylish and attractive. A quality product, they are offered at competitive prices. The shawls resist creasing, drape beautifully, and repulse stains.

Hand-Wash Method

1. Hand wash in lukewarm water using a soft wool detergent. Rinse in cool water.

2. Roll in a towel to remove excess water. Air-dry the shawl on a flat towel away from direct heat or sunlight.

Machine-Wash Method

1. Australian wool shawls can now be machine-washed and tumble dried. But continue to use cold water and the wool or delicate wash setting. Use a mild shampoo and the short spin cycle of the washing machine.

2. Spread the shawl flat on a towel to air-dry fully.

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