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EBONY MERINO CARE GUIDE

Ebony Merinos are specially designed

to be easy for you to care for

 

We recommend that you wash your Ebony

Merino by a warm/cold hand wash or

a machine wash on a wool cycle

(Do not use a hot cycle as this may cause shrinkage)

 

Use Regular or Cashmere detergent

(The structure of Merino is actually quite different

than regular wool. Our fabric is designed to be

washed on a wool cycle with regular detergent.

Interestingly, most detergents that are designed especially

for woolens are suitable for use on coarser wool but

often contain softeners that can actually damage

the finer Merino fibers, potentially causing holes or

general fabric deterioration)

 

Do not use fabric softeners or bleach

(Your Ebony Merino couldn’t be any softer!)

 

Wash colours separately

 

Do not tumble dry or expose to heat,

line dry or lay flat in shade

 

We recommend that within the first 3 wears

you wash your Ebony Merino separately

(This will help rid the garment of any loose short fibres

which may cause pilling. The presence of these loose

fibres is unavoidable when using a 100% Natural Fibre

like Merino Wool)

 

Complete Washing Instructions For Best Results

 

Warm/Cold Hand Wash or Machine Wash on a Wool Cycle

Normal Spin

Use Normal or Cashmere Detergent (not Wool Detergent)

Wash Like Colours Together (separate lights and darks)

Close all Zips!

Do Not Use Fabric Softeners or Bleach

Line Dry or Lay Flat in the Shade, Do Not Tumble Dry

Warm Iron

Dry Cleanable

 

Pilling

 

Pilling occurs when short or loose fibers on the outer surface of the

fabric tangle together into fuzzy balls

 

Pilling is a very complex phenomenon, this due to the large number

of elements which can attribute to the pilling, these elements can

include wearer friction, laundering techniques and knit structure.

 

Pilling is one of the most frustrating elements of making clothing

out of a natural fibre like merino wool, and even with the best

possible processes in place to minimize pilling, when working with a

natural product there will always be some degree of variation.

 

When making Ebony Merinos we take special care to do everything

possible to reduce the risk of pilling due to fabric and garment

construction and to make the very best quality garment possible

at a reasonable price.

 

The best way to avoid pilling is to wash your new Ebony Merino

within the first 3 wears.

 

Also be aware of other longer fibre garments being worn in combination

as the fibres from the other garment can become attached and create

problems. If you see pills of a different colour this is usually why.

 

Moths

 

Contrary to popular belief, adult moths do not eat or cause damage

to clothing or fabrics. It is the larvae which are solely responsible

for this, and which spend their time eating and foraging for food

One adult moth can lay up to 1,000 eggs at a time.

 

In domestic situations larvae usually seek food in carpets,

clothing and other fabrics made from natural fibres

Clothing Moths (Tineola bisselliella) and their larvae prefer

low light conditions and hide in the dark depths of closets

 

Most people are unaware that these moths or their larvae exist in

their homes. Moth larvae are microscopic and cannot be seen

with the naked eye. The larvae are generally attracted to

wool garments for two particular reasons;

1) The Lanoline oils that occur naturally in wool

2) Microscopic food and skin particles that exist on

unwashed garments.

 

Storing your Ebony Merino

 

Wash your Ebony Merino before storing

 

Ensure the garment is completely dry and there are no damp

patches which could eventually lead to the formation of mildew

 

 Store in a sealed air tight container or bag, ensuring the garment is

not unduly compressed. Although the trick is to remove as much

air as possible, avoid vacuum bags, as the tightness of the bag

can cause the garment to go out of shape and induce

creases which may be difficult to remove

 

Avoid storing your Ebony Merino in dark areas of your

cupboard or drawers (where the larvae like to live)