Merino wool has quickly become quite the favourite amongst outdoor thrill-seekers and adventurers. With so many great properties, the versatility of which makes merino wool an ideal fabric for creating active clothing.
However, merino wool comes at a price, one that typically places it at the mid to upper end of the budget range. Although the price reflects the specialities of the fabric, if you’re investing in merino clothing, you’ll want to get the most of out it. To ensure you reap the rewards for miles and miles to come, it’s important to know how to take care of your merino garments. Lucky for us, Alex Feechan, the founder of FINDRA is a merino guru and has shared with us her very best tips to help you get the most out of your wonderful woollen garments.
Merino wool is tougher than you think
If you’ve ever laid your hands upon merino wool, you’ll know how soft it feels, delicate even, but don’t be fooled by its unassuming touch as Alex explains that “Merino sheep are reared in very tough outdoor conditions and the fibre is naturally designed to withstand rough and rugged outdoor environments and temperatures“. But it isn’t just the hardwearing property of merino wool which elevated it to the centre stage of the FINDRA brand, Alex says, “For me, merino offered all of these things, with so many amazing benefits: it’s breathable; it has wicking properties; it’s naturally anti-bacterial and sustainable.”
“I think there is a common misconception that merino is delicate and that it needs particularly special handling – but the reality is, it’s very tough” – Alex Feechan, Founder of FINDRA
Another wonderful property of merino wool is its anti-bacterial and odour-control capabilities. Bacteria in our sweat causes body odour, but merino wool naturally wicks the moisture away from the skin and Keratin found in the fibres helps to break down the odour building bacteria. It’s this self-cleaning function that means merino wool doesn’t have to be washed as often as you think!
Alex’s top-tips for merino care
So, you don’t need to wash your merino clothing after every use, a simple airing will do the trick, but when it’s been worn a few times, perhaps gotten muddy, then it’s time to give it a good wash. But what’s the best way to care for this super fabric? Alex gives us
If it needs more of a clean, FINDRA merino is machine washable, which makes it practical and easy to care for. A short wash of 30 minutes at 30 degrees is ideal and adequate.
Wash it inside out, which will help prevent any ‘bobbling’ and use a mild detergent, something that is described on the packaging as ‘mild’ will do, although there are specialist wool and eco-friendly detergents around.
A great tip to assist with machine washing is if you’re using a washing powder, dissolve it in a little water first. That way the powder won’t stick to the fabric or cause holes.
Reshape your merino garment whilst damp and dry it on a flat surface – laying it on a towel is useful as the garments are heavy when wet so draping them on a line or clothes drier can stretch them.
Don’t use fabric softener.
Don’t tumble dry, stretch over a radiator or leave in direct sunlight (to prevent colour fade).
Don’t wring the wet garment out, as it will only stretch the wool.
Don’t dry-clean merino wool or use bleach on it.
See, it’s not rocket science. And just think, if Lee Craigie’s FINDRA merino wool tops can survive some of Scotland’s toughest 24-hour races in less-than-kind conditions, and still look and perform well on the next outing, anyone’s can.
Now you know how to properly care for your merino clothing, there’ll be no stopping you exploring miles of adventure in style and comfort.
For more information on how to care for merino wool, the FINDRA way, head over to their website where you can also find their full range of clothing for men and women.