First and foremost think of your alpaca garment as very fine yet strong hair, which is what it essentially is. The finer the fibers, the less handling it can take before felting.
Follow these 4 simple steps and your alpaca garment will give you many years of soft, warm enjoyment:
- Gently swish your garment in lukewarm water with a mild soap or baby shampoo. After all, these products are designed for gently cleaning hair, thus it’s fabulous for alpaca items.
- Let it sit for just 2-3 minutes, and rinse in same temperature water (temperature changes between the wash and rinse water tends to be the most common cause of shrinkage.) Never wring or twist. Gently press excess water from garment.
- Lay it out on a towel and gently roll up in the towel. Don’t squeeze or press hard- you only want to have the towel absorb more water. Leave it in the towel for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a dry towel and air dry.
- Once your Alpaca garment is dry, fold it carefully. Never hang an Alpaca sweater as it will stretch the garment out of shape.
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