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INSTRUCTIONS

W A S H I N G  A N   A L P A C A   G A R M E N T

B Y  H A N D

 

The best way to keep your Alpaca garment in perfect condition is to wash it by hand - natural fibres need to be pampered and require some effort and time!

Alpaca hair does not retain odours, this allows you to wear it for much longer without the need to wash it often, but if you have decided to wash it by following our washing ritual, you will be able to enjoy your garment for many years to come!

 

COLD WATER

To start, fill a container with water at room temperature, dissolve the detergent and carefully immerse the garment in the water.

 

DETERGENT 

We recommend using a mild shampoo or neutral soap for delicate clothing. It can also be a natural detergent. Avoid whiteners that are too aggressive for our natural fibres. 

 

REMOVAL

Leave to soak for five to ten minutes, if you need to remove a stain from the garment carefully rub the area of the stain with your fingers.

 

RINSING

Gently massage the garment and then rinse in cold, room temperature water, making sure to remove all traces of detergent.

 

REMOVING EXCESS WATER

Gently squeeze the garment with your hands removing the excess water, place it on a towel stretching it to its shape, gently roll the towel until the entire garment is rolled up. Gently squeeze this roll with your hands so that the towel absorbs the remaining water without damaging the fabric of the garment.

 

DRYING IN THE SHADE

To preserve the original colour of your garment, avoid drying it in direct sunlight, dry it in the shade, in a draughty place.

 

IRONING

The garment must be completely dry.  Put a cloth on the ironing board and put another cloth between the alpaca garment and the iron, this will avoid direct contact with the metal of the iron and excess heat.  Begin to iron delicately using minimum steam power.

 

TIPS

Alpaca fibre is very delicate so the garments require special attention when washing. To prevent the garment from shrinking or matting, avoid contact with hot water and avoid draining or drying the garment by squeezing it.

Once the garment has dried, you can hang it on a hanger without the risk of deforming it. 

 

 

W A S H I N G  M A C H I N E

 

Of course it is possible to wash a garment made from alpaca in a washing machine.  Always use the wool or delicates program.

To avoid any risks, we advise you to try before with another woven garment to verify the results.

The 100% reliable technique is to wash it by hand.

 

WASHING BAG

Insert the alpaca garment into a washing bag, it can be a pillowcase, preferably in natural material, cotton or silk.

Putting the garment inside a bag protects the fibres and prevents the deformation of the fabric.

 

PROGRAMMING

Use the wool or delicates program or cold water, 20 degrees maximum.

 

DETERGENT 

We recommend using a mild shampoo or neutral soap for delicate clothing. It can also be a natural detergent. Avoid whiteners that are too aggressive for our natural fibres. 

 

REMOVING EXCESS WATER

Soft or minimal program

When removing the garment from the machine it is recommended to remainder of the water with a dry towel, wrap the garment in the towel and press so that the dry towel absorbs the water from our freshly washed garment.

 

DRYING IN THE SHADE

To preserve the original colour of your garment, avoid drying it in direct sunlight, dry it in the shade in a draughty place.

 

IRONING

The garment must be completely dry.  Put a cloth on the ironing board and put another cloth between the alpaca garment and the iron, this will avoid direct contact with the metal of the iron and excess heat.  Begin to iron delicately using minimum steam power.

 

 

 

 

P R O T E C T I O N  A G A I N S T 

M I T E S

Unfortunately natural fibres are susceptible to insects such as moths.  Alpaca hair is the ideal fibre for laying eggs and with the right temperature the larva will eat the fibre before even becoming moths.

To best preserve the alpaca garment, make sure you keep it perfectly dry.

It is advisable to iron it according to our ironing technique, mentioned above and then store it in a plastic bag with zipper.

You can add in bags of dry lavender that will provide a great smell and protect from moths.