Merino Care Information

Why Merino?

Merino wool is a renewable, natural fibre grown on Australian pastures. 

Unlike the scratchy, inferior wools of yesteryear, merino is bred for its very fine fibres, which when spun, produce a garment of softness and ultimate wearability, making it a pleasure to dress in.

Being a natural fibre, it is breathable, meaning it feels gentle on the skin and won’t make the skin clammy like synthetic fabrics.  It is anti-static and drapes beautifully, rather than clinging uncomfortably (and unflatteringly) to the body.

It is also easy to care for, being odour resistant and anti-wrinkle.  The natural elasticity of merino allows the garment to retain its shape after washing, ensuring a product that will stand the test of time.

Care Information

To maintain the superior qualities of your merino wool garment for years to come, it’s important to care for your item.

In summary, caring for your garment is quite simple:

  • cold wash on a gentle cycle
  • dry flat in the shade
  • warm iron if needed

If you want a little more information on how to care for your garment, here it is in more detail:

Wash your garment in cold water on a gentle cycle using an approved wool detergent.  We like to use The Laundress' range of allergen free, non toxic care products as they all carry the Woolmark approved symbol.  Never use hot water as this will ruin the finish of the knit, and be wary of the warm cycle on some machines as they can often run too hot.  Shop The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo.

For chunky or loose knits (like the Cable Knit Roll Neck), they run the risk of losing their shape or stretching in a machine wash.  For this reason, either hand wash, or machine wash them inside a wash bag.

Rinse the garment well, squeeze out excess water and dry flat to prevent stretching or distortion.  You may need to gently stretch your jumper back into shape.  Gently!  Do not tumble dry or your garment will shrink.

Creases in the garment will be minimal, this is one of the benefits of merino, however running a warm iron over the item will smooth the fibres for a superior finish and also help to push it back into shape.  Make sure the iron is set to ‘wool’ or low and don’t apply undue pressure on the garment as this will cause a shiny appearance on the fabric.

Lady Kate uses high quality merino yarn to reduce the incidence of pilling however you may find that with age, garments will still form some pills.  To prevent this, wash the garment inside out, do not use excessive amounts of softener in the wash and wherever possible, try to minimise the garment rubbing during wear.  The best way to treat pilling is to wash the garment when you notice loose fibres, before they form into pills.  Most of these fibres will break off in the wash.  If the pills are persistent, carefully remove them by hand after drying, or use a pill and lint removal device to ensure your garment looks as good as they day you bought it.  Shop The Laundress Sweater Comb.

To prevent moths and critters getting into your garment, keep your cupboard strongly scented.  We recommend spraying your garment with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray or using our Lavender 'Wool Bales' or drawer sachets.  If you want to be 100% sure moths won't reach your garment, store in a sealed plastic bag or sealed tub throughout the Summer months...sealed tubs will also help those who need to protect their woollies from mice...eeeek!

If you have further queries on care instructions, please contact the Lady Kate team at info@ladykate.com.au.