Top tips on how to care for your Alpaca Apparel

Top tips on how to care for your Alpaca Apparel

Here at Herd HQ we often get asked the best way to care for alpaca clothing, particularly as our knits are fine and delicate. Here are a few tips that will help you look after your garments for many years to come.

Caring for your alpaca apparel is essential to ensure it remains in good condition and retains its softness and warmth. Alpaca fleece is known for its luxurious qualities, but it requires some special care compared to other fibres. 

Here are some tips on how to care for your alpaca garment: 

  • Hand Washing: Hand washing is the best method for cleaning alpaca apparel. Use cold or lukewarm water and a mild detergent specifically designed for wool or delicate. Never use harsh detergents or bleach. 
  • Gentle Agitation: Gently agitate the water to clean the garment without causing excessive friction. Do not rub or wring, as this can cause stretching and damage. 
  • Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse the garment in cool water until all the detergent is washed out. You may need to repeat this step a few times to ensure there is no residue left. 
  • Squeeze Out Excess Water: Press the water out of the garment by gently squeezing it. Do not twist or wring the fabric. 
  • Lay Flat to Dry: Lay the garment flat on a clean towel to dry. Reshape it to its original dimensions, taking care not to stretch it. Avoid hanging alpaca products as this can cause them to stretch out of shape. Use a low or steam setting on your iron. 
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Never dry your alpaca apparel in direct sunlight or near a direct heat source, as this can cause it to become brittle and lose its softness. 
  • Use a Mesh Bag: If you choose to wash your alpaca garment in a washing machine, place it in a mesh laundry bag to protect it from abrasion and tangling with other items. Use the gentle cycle with cold water and a wool or delicate detergent. Be sure to remove it promptly after the cycle finishes. 
  • Storage: Store your alpaca apparel in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. To prevent moths, you can use mothballs or cedar blocks in your storage area. 
  • Avoid Heavy Use: Alpaca fleece is delicate, so avoid wearing your garment in situations where it might encounter excessive friction or snagging. 
  • Pilling: Alpaca garments may develop small balls of fibre (pills) on the surface over time. You can remove these pills with a fabric shaver or a sweater comb. 
  • Shedding: Due to the natural fibre of alpaca fleece, there may be some shedding. This is completely normal and will decrease over time with regular wear. 
  • Professional Cleaning: If your alpaca garment is heavily soiled or stained, it is best to seek professional dry cleaning services to avoid damage. 

We hope this helps, but if you have any further questions or just would like to talk about alpacas and how fabulous they are please do not hesitate to get in touch!

 

 

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