Knitwear Care | Lily and Me

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Knitwear Care

Your knitwear care!

Knitwear is an essential part of any wardrobe and this year is no exception. Here at Lily & Me we have been thinking of ways we can help our customers get the most from their lovely knits.

Pilling

Soft, hairy/fluffy knits can be prone to pilling because of the long surface fibres. Pilling is actually quite normal and doesn’t mean that your jumper is poor quality. The tiny bobbles you find are most commonly caused by friction. Regular washing can help to keep bobbles to a minimum but you can also use a fabric shaver / debobbler or pilling comb to remove any bobbles that form. Washing your knitwear inside out can also help reduce friction and bobbling.

 

Following the instructions for the debobbler, apply gentle but firm pressure in a circular motion over the bobbled area. Once bobbles are removed, you can wash your knitwear as instructed on the care label. Follow this method regularly and you should keep your knitwear looking tip top!

 

General Washing

 

  • Always follow the care label for washing instructions.
  • Treat stains with liquid detergent, avoid rubbing as this will encourage pilling.
  • Remember to use a delicate laundry liquid with no bleach as this will break down the fibres.
  • Re-shape your knitwear whilst damp, avoid twisting and over stretching.
  • Never tumble dry.
  • Gently press with a cool iron on the reverse.

 

Storing Knitwear

Fold don’t hang. To help your knitwear keep its shape, keep it folded in a drawer rather than hanging in a wardrobe. Hanging knitwear can cause it to stretch over time. Store your knitwear in a cool, dry place. Moths are attracted to food, dirt, perspiration and body oils on a garment rather than the yarn itself, so it’s important to remember to clean your knitwear before storing away at the end of the season.