Usually the first thing I hear when someone is contemplating purchasing one of our wonderful Alpaca products is-"Won't this be hard to take care of?". You will find that with proper care, your valuable alpaca garment will become a personal favorite or perhaps even a family heirloom!
First, and perhaps foremost...
Think of your alpaca garment as fine yet strong hair, which is what it essentially is. Hand washing is the gentlest way of cleaning an Alpaca garment, and will add years to the life of your Alpaca clothing. Here is a set of care instructions to extend the life of your alpaca products.
Follow these four simple steps and your Alpaca purchase will give you years of luxurious comfort and wear.
- Gently wash in warm water with a mild soap (mild shampoo will do) and thoroughly rinse in water of the same temperature as so the product won't felt. Special care must be taken as wet Alpaca fabric can weaken and stretch out of shape. Never wring or twist. Gently press excess water from garment.
- While supporting the weight of the wet garment lay it on a dry towel. Ease the garment back into shape and roll up in the towel. Press to remove excess water and repeat this step with a second towel.
- On a flat surface lay the garment on a fresh, dry towel, until thoroughly air dried.
- Once your Alpaca garment is dry you will want to fold it carefully, avoiding a center crease. Never hang an Alpaca sweater as it will stretch the garment out of shape. Lay flat in a drawer or on a closet shelf.
Our socks are machine washable (cold). To extend the life of your socks, we highly recommend you avoid putting them in the dryer and instead lay flat to dry, let them air dry.