Garments made of alpaca wool are very easy to clean and can last a long time are due to care given to each garment.
As all garments that we sell are made rustically and handcrafted, the garments should be washed with due care and taking the advice below. Remember that alpaca wool fiber is very resistant to cold and humidity, however, at the time of washing should be with a gentle detergent or soap and it needs to be washed by hand.
In the event of stubborn stains, dry cleaning may be the only solution. We do not recommend machine washing. That being said, should you decide to use your washing machine, secure the garment in a tied pillowcase and set on gentle cycle; cool water.
You clearly appreciate the finer things and know that a quality fiber item is worth keeping for a long time.
The information below discusses how to clean your alpaca item.
Cleaning alpaca garments
- Alpaca garments may be hand washed in cool water with a gentle detergent.
- Do not use chlorine bleach.
- To squeeze any excess of water from your alpaca garment first extend a towel, then place the garment above and finally make a roll with the towel and the garment.
- Fabric softener may be added to rinse water.
- Do not tumble dry – Lay the product flat, reshape to its original dimensions and allow it to dry naturally.
- Do not expose your alpaca garment to sunlight too much time, just the necessary.
Storage of alpaca items
- Put items away that are freshly cleaned and completely dry. (Pests prefer dirty fibers).
- Store in a cedar chest, a shirt box, a pillow case (clean) or a paper bag (clean). These allow for air circulation.
- Never use plastic or dry cleaning bags.
- Items may also be stored in the freezer (in a ziplock bag) or any moth protected environment.
- Traditional herbal repellents such as cedar chips, nuggets or blocks, and especially lavender bundles are far superior to chemical moth balls.