Alpaca is durable and long lasting when cared for properly. The fiber is naturally an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and odor-resistant fiber, so it actually doesn't need to be cleaned that often.
First of all, some tips instead of washing:
- Let the garment air out overnight. For best results, above a heat source such as a radiator.
- Steam iron them (turned inside out), setting the iron to the wool setting (hover without pressing down).
- Use a clothes steamer, the modern way to enjoy fresh, crease-free clothes.
If you consider that the product definitely needs to be washed, we recommend dry cleaning or hand washing if you are used to it with your woolen clothes.
How to hand wash your Alpaca clothes?
- Soak in lukewarm water (between 10 and 20 degrees), with a mild shampoo.
- Rinse with cold water and gently squeeze out the excess water, be gentle handling it to avoid wrinkles and distortion.
- Place your garment on top of a towel in its original form on a flat surface and roll it up to gently squeeze out the water, make sure not to stretch your piece.
- Dry on a flat surface for 24h.
- After drying, steam it lightly if needed (hover without pressing down).
How to store your Alpaca clothing?
If you need to store your Alpaca clothing away during summer, clean it first following the instructions above. Alpaca clothing can last for decades, but its greatest enemies are moths that cause damage during storage.
To keep away moths, use lavender bundles, cedar chips or chemical moth balls. Storage in a shirt box, clean pillow case, clean paper bag, or cardboard box will keep the air circulating around the garment. Alpaca clothing should be folded rather than hung to prevent stretching and distortion.