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When washing a wool sweater, trace the outline on clean piece of paper, hand wash the garment in a basin of diluted wool detergent, roll it up in towels to remove excess water, and lay it flat to dry, making sure it matches the traced shape. Wash a wool... View Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Erica. We're in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I'm going to talk to you today about how to wash a wool sweater. The first thing you're going to do is you're going to lay a clean piece of paper down on a flat surface. You will lay your wool sweater down on it, and make sure that you've got the exact shape. You'll need to trace that shape out onto the paper, 'cause you're going to use that later, after you've washed your garments. The next thing you need to do is you need to fill up a basin with some water, usually cool water. And then after that you will put some wool detergent in, and then you can spray..spray it down with a spray removal cleanser, if you need to. After that you need to put the wool sweater in there, and just kind of squeeze the excess dirt out of it. You don't need to wring it or twist it, or anything like that. Just lightly press and try to get all the dirt out just by doing that. After that you will need to roll it up in a towel, so lay it flat on a towel and then roll a towel up, and that'll grab any extra moisture that is in your wool sweater. After you wrap your wool sweater in a towel, you will need to unwrap it again, lay it flat on that piece of paper that you used to trace the outline of your sweater. You will need to stretch and pull your sweater 'til it fits that exact outline that you did, that way being sure that it's the right size and that it's formed correctly. And then you'll just need to lay it flat to dry. You just make sure that it's out of the sun, and that it's...with a cool breeze going through.