Clothing made from alpaca wool is wonderfully soft, light and of course very elegant. In addition, the fibers are very robust and tear-resistant. To keep it that way, you should pay attention to a few points when maintaining it.
Washing is rarely required
The fibers of the alpaca wool have an antibacterial and dirt-repellent effect. Your sweaters, scarves or gloves made of this material already have a "protective layer" by nature. It ensures that the smell of sweat or other odors adhering to the garment are neutralized. So before you throw the beautiful piece straight into the laundry basket, simply let it air out overnight. This works best in humid air.
Washing in the washing machine
If you have a washing machine with a wool program and settings for washing temperature and spin speed, there is nothing wrong with washing in the washing machine.
maximum 30 degrees
Spin with a maximum of 400 revolutions
better to leave the spinning completely and instead squeeze out the water by hand
Spinning promotes felting of the wool, the more revolutions, the stronger of course. So if it is very important to you that your alpaca wool clothes look the same as they did after knitting, then you should skip the spin cycle.
Hand wash alpaca wool
The gentlest wash for the fluffy alpaca clothing is of course still hand washing. For this you use either wool detergent or a mild shampoo. A small dab is enough. Slowly pull the garment through the water a few times and soak briefly. Never rub the fibers together, otherwise nodules will form.
For more stubborn dirt, you can treat the stain with some gall soap. But also here: Do not rub on the surface, just soak.
Then rinse with warm water, wrap the garment in a towel and gently squeeze out the water.
Drying: Do not hang up! Never put in the dryer!
As with other woolen items, you should not hang up clothes made from alpaca wool after washing to avoid warping. Pull the piece into shape and dry it lying on the drying rack.
Also remember when drying:
Avoid direct sunlight
do not put in the dryer
do not dry on or near the heater
Tips for storing alpaca clothing
Like other animal fibers, alpaca wool is also very rich in protein and is therefore particularly attractive to moths. Either you keep the things in foil or you use scents to scare away the moths. Lavender or cedar wood work particularly well. But bay leaves, cloves, orange peels or cinnamon should also help scare away the little, unloved little animals.
Alpaca wool at Birgit's Wollmarkt
You can also buy high-quality alpaca wool made in Germany from us. From Alpakahof Hasenöhrl am Chiemsee we get our high-quality and beautiful alpaca wool - directly from the region. You can even choose which alpaca the wool comes from. Comprehensible, ecological and personal.