The Ultimate Guide to Wool Cleaning

by Stevie Smith August 21, 2023 4 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Wool Cleaning

Wool apparel is not only stylish and comfortable but also a durable and timeless investment. To ensure your wool garments last for years to come, it's important to properly care for them. In this comprehensive guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about cleaning, repairing, storing, and choosing the best dry cleaning services for your wool apparel. Let’s dive in.

Cleaning Your Wool Apparel

Wool is a durable natural fiber that provides superior insulation and weather-resistant properties. However, this also means specialized maintenance techniques and care. But don’t worry, it will be worth every effort! Proper cleaning and maintenance can extend the lifespan of wool garments by up to 50%.

Regular Maintenance

To keep your wool garments clean and free from dirt and debris, regularly brush them with a soft bristle brush or a lint roller.

Spot Cleaning

If you notice a stain on your wool garment, act quickly by gently blotting the area with a clean cloth or sponge dampened with cold water. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing, as it may damage the fibers. Never put your wool items in the washing machine. 

Professional Dry Cleaning

For a thorough and safe cleaning, it's recommended to choose a reputable wool cleaner, like eClean, that specializes in cleaning wool apparel. Their expertise ensures proper treatment and prevents shrinking or other damage to your delicate wool garments.

Dealing with Dirt and Stains

Even with regular dry cleaning, wool needs to be treated regularly to prevent build up, odor, and permanent staining. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make cleaning your wool sweaters, coats, or other apparel quick and effortless.

Removing Dirt

Shake off any loose dirt or debris from your wool garment. For ingrained dirt, gently brush the affected area or use a fabric-safe cleaner recommended for wool. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Treating Stains

Before attempting to remove a stain on your wool garment, test the cleaning method on an inconspicuous area to avoid any potential color or texture damage. Use a mild detergent or a stain-removal product specifically formulated for wool.

Professional Stain Removal

If you are unsure about safely treating a stubborn stain, it's best to consult a professional wool cleaner, such as eClean, who has the expertise to tackle challenging stains without risking damage to your wool garment.

Repairing Damaged Wool Apparel

While wool is more durable than alternative fibers, it is not indestructible. Damage can still occur on occasion. But don’t fret, there is still hope for your garments.

Addressing Small Holes or Snags

To repair small holes or snags in your wool garment, use a needle and matching thread to gently stitch them closed. Take care to ensure the repair blends seamlessly with the fabric.

Seeking Professional Help

For larger tears or damage that requires more extensive repair work, it's advisable to consult a professional tailor or seamstress who specializes in wool garments. They have the necessary skills to restore the integrity of your garment.

Proper Storage Techniques

Finally, proper storage can play a huge role in the lifespan of your wool items. Improper storage can lead to irreparable damage or strong odors. 

Clean Before Storage

Always ensure your wool garments are clean and free from stains before storing them. Dirt and stains left untreated can become more difficult to remove over time.

Fold with Care

Fold your wool garments neatly to prevent creases or distortion. Avoid hanging, as it may cause stretching or hanger marks.

Protect from Moths

To deter moths, store your wool garments in sealed containers or garment bags. Additionally, consider adding natural moth repellents such as cedar balls or lavender sachets.

eClean: Refresh Your Dry Cleaning Experience

When it comes to dry cleaning your precious wool apparel, eClean stands out for several reasons. From cleaning wool blankets to restoring antique wool hats, eClean does it all without the use of water or toxic chemicals! This revolutionary process works to restore and clean wool coats, hats, sweaters, and blankets using recycled liquid CO2 dry cleaning technology.

Experience and Expertise

eClean has extensive experience in handling delicate wool garments. Our specialized knowledge ensures that your wool apparel is treated with utmost care and attention. In fact, we believe in our process for cleaning wool hats so much that we partnered with Stormy Kromer. 

Environmentally-Friendly Process

eClean utilizes eClean CO2 dry cleaning, an eco-friendly cleaning method that uses liquid carbon dioxide as the cleaning solvent. This process is non-toxic, non-allergenic, and leaves no chemical residue, making it safe for both you and the environment. Plus, it doesn’t require any water or heat!

Gentle on Fibers

Unlike traditional dry cleaning methods, eClean CO2 dry cleaning is gentle on fibers and helps maintain the softness and integrity of your wool garments.


Caring for your wool apparel is essential to preserve its quality, cleanliness, and longevity. Regular cleaning, prompt stain treatment, proper storage, and seeking professional help when needed are key. Choosing a reliable dry cleaning service like eClean ensures that your wool garments receive the best care, utilizing a gentle and environmentally-friendly cleaning method. With these tips and eClean's expertise, your wool apparel will continue to impress with its timeless elegance for years to come.

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