How to wash wool correctly - Part 3
So how do you choose the perfect detergent for washing woollen materials?
The key is that in addition to being able to rid the fabric of dirt and odor, for example after sweating, it should also deliver caring ingredients. Specifically for wool, cashmere, etc., the fibre needs to be conditioned. Only in this way will it retain its excellent properties and pleasant feel throughout its use. Fibres made of wool are the only ones that have this need. It follows logically that products such as "gentle detergent for wool and silk" or other similar combinations cannot suit us at all. Of course the product must be gentle, but other fibres need to be treated in a different way to wool. Common detergents from the massmarket sector are not even worth mentioning if you are concerned about the longevity of your product.
So what do you wash wool, cashmere, mohair and more in? The only proper option is to look for a product specifically designed for wool from a specialist manufacturer. Sometimes they'll add one in a mini pack as a gift from a well-known brand when you buy a luxury piece.
Of course, it can also be purchased from specialist retailers. Our company offers PAREX white from a renowned German manufacturer with a long tradition, specifically designed for wool, cashmere, mohair, angora and other types of woolen materials. As a bonus - it is also perfect for washing down feathers. It's a gel consistency concentrate and when you wash your cashmere sweater in it for the first time, you'll never want it any other way.
In future installments, we will focus on washing silk.