1. For knitwear (which includes most of the sweaters and hats that we carry), we recommend spot treating as needed and handwashing or dry cleaning for a deeper clean.
Note: Alpaca is very sensitive to water temperature (no heat!) and “agitation”, so your garment may shrink if not treated properly.
2. Add a capful or 2 of wool or baby shampoo to a wash bin or clean sink filled with cool water.
3. Submerge the item and gently swirl the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes.
4. Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. (We like to use the bathtub for this part!)
5. Press the water out of the garment, but do not wring your knitwear, as this may cause the product to lose its shape.
6. Sometimes you may notice excess dye in the water. This is normal, so don’t worry! Natural fibers may release excess dye, but you should not notice a change in the color of your garment.
7. To dry: Lay the item flat on a clean towel or drying rack. Mold the garment gently back to its original shape. Never put alpaca in the dryer!
Drying Note: Avoid hanging wet garments to dry, as this may cause them to stretch out.