Caring for your Kit: Part 6: Merino Clothing

Caring for your Kit: Part 6: Merino Clothing

Merino Garments | Clean: 1-2 weeks, depending on use.

Merino is something of a wonder-fabric. Boasting a wide range of specialist features, merino garments are essential pieces of kit – whether you’re an outdoors enthusiast, or you’re just looking for comfortable base-layers to wear to work.

With several key characteristics, merino garments are nothing short of amazing. They’re great at regulating body temperature, for example - keeping you cool in the heat, and providing warmth when it’s chilly. Your merino gear is also able to wick away moisture and sweat from your skin. That, coupled with merino’s natural antibacterial properties, means that your clothing stays cleaner – and smells fresher – for longer. With all that going on, it might seem like caring for your merino garments is going to take a lot of effort. Fortunately – with Granger’s Merino Wash – that’s not the case.

Ideally, you should only need to spot-clean your merino gear most of the time – dabbing away at any marks with a damp cloth will be enough to get all but the most stubborn of stains out. With merino being naturally anti-bacterial, you should be able to comfortably wear your garments several times between washes – it’s only heavier and more strenuous (read: ‘sweaty’) activities that’ll leave your kit needing a more thorough wash.

  • When your merino clothing does need washing, we recommend sticking it in the washing machine – though hand-washing it is also an option.
  • Use the wool/delicates program on your washing machine if you can. If your machine doesn’t have that setting, washing at 30˚C is fine.
  • Wash your garment inside out – this will help keep it soft, and prevent unwanted bobbling (great advice for all clothing, by the way!).
  • Use a single capful of Granger’s Merino Wash – and avoid using fabric conditioners!
  • If the garment care instructions allows for it, tumble dry your merino gear on a low heat setting.
  • Avoid wringing your garment, or hanging your garment whilst wet – the weight from the water will stretch your clothing out of shape.
  • Finally, if you can’t tumble dry your merino clothing, dry it flat – ideally on a towel. Keep it away from direct sources of heat, as this can cause the fibres to shrink.

As a rule of thumb, washing your merino garments every few weeks should be more enough to keep them clean and fresh. If you notice that your kit smells before that, though, go ahead and wash it! Likewise, if your garment is still clean and smells fresh, it’s okay to wear it again without washing.

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