Care for your recycled wool blanket
Wool is very low maintenance for a highly performing material. Wicking means wool fibre can absorb and evaporate large quantities of moisture. This is why wool is lightweight and warm when wet, quick drying, breathable, insulating and odour resistant. Additionally, the natural oils in the wool mean the material is not easily stained and it's naturally antibacterial. Help extend your blanket’s life by following these instructions:
- Air out your blanket by hanging it in the sun
- Brush to remove any excess dirt
- Spot clean dirty marks and spills with lukewarm soapy water
- Hand wash with wool detergent in cold water and gently scrunch/massage the blanket, then rinse in clean water twice using the same motion.
- Dry flat on a couple of towels so the blanket doesn't stretch. Do not tumble dry.
- Dry clean as an alternative
Seljak Brand blankets are machine washable (at maximum 30 degrees with a wool wash), but hand-washing or dry cleaning extends your blanket’s life and reduces energy and water consumption.
If your blanket pills, or develops small balls of gathered fibres across its surface, you can:
- Use a fabric comb or electric fabric shaver to carefully remove the bobbles or
- Use a sharp standard razor, hold the garment taut and gently shave off the pills. Collect the cut-offs with a lint roller or adhesive tape.
Care for your cotton blanket
Cotton is comfortable, breathable, durable and highly absorbent, making it one of the most popular natural fibres for household textiles. To care for your cotton blanket:
- Shake and air out your blanket by hanging it in the sun
- Spot clean dirty marks with lukewarm soapy water, or soak in water and vinegar for spills and odours
- Machine wash in cold/warm water
- Either tumble dry on low heat til damp, or remove excess water with towels, then hang dry
- Dry clean if necessary.
Cotton can stretch when wet, so be careful to prevent the blanket's shape distorting when hanging to dry. So it doesn’t stretch, it's best to remove most of the water using a dryer or towels, and not by ringing the blanket out, before placing it flat on an elevated grid to air dry.
Store your blankets
When not in use, store your Seljak Brand blanket in a cool, dry place that avoids the sunlight. For wool, a sealed plastic container is best (vacuum bags are okay but may take the spring out of your blanket). For cotton blankets, wrap your blanket in breathable cotton storage bags. Ensure the blanket is completely clean and dry when you pack it away, as moisture can eventually lead to the formation of mildew, and moths are attracted to grime. If you own a cedar or camphor chest, wrapping the blankets in clean dry cotton before storing works well.
If you’d like to add moth deterrents, natural options including clove, cedar or lavender will leave your blankets smelling fresher than mothballs! Note the effectiveness of these will reduce as their scent diminishes with time, so finding the right storage solution is the first port of call.
Care for your leather strap
To care for your leather strap, use a good leather polish or oil to keep your strap looking fresh. Keep the strap away from water, sharp objects and greasy substances. The leather will become slightly darker and more flexible with age.