Care tips for alpaca clothing

How do I wash & care for alpaca clothing properly?

To properly care for alpaca clothing is quite simple. Due to the dirt-repellent and antibacterial properties and the superfine structure, odors are absorbed very slowly and disappear quickly. Simply hang the alpaca sweater on the balcony or in the bathroom to air it - after a few hours, odors and wrinkles will be gone without a trace. Washing is not necessary in most cases to restore the freshness of the sweater. In addition, the alpaca fiber is very durable. This means it is wrinkle resistant and, with proper care, will not form knots after washing. When washing, you should avoid heat and too much detergent - they are the biggest enemies of alpaca wool. Since alpaca clothing can otherwise quickly lose its shape, it should be washed either by hand or in the hand wash program of the washing machine - and it is best to use a gentle wool detergent. After washing, carefully pull them into shape and let them air dry. Do not hang it up, just lay it flat, otherwise, the knitwear would warp and lose its shape. It is also essential not to dry in a tumble dryer, otherwise, the fiber structure will contract. Products made of alpaca fiber are largely self-cleaning and require similar care as conventional wool products.

Best tips

• Airing out makes alpaca clothing clean and fresh, as it is wonderfully self-cleaning and dirt and odor repellent
• If washing is necessary, always wash cold by hand  
• Use only wool detergent
• Do not use fabric softener
• Never spin dry, as it could easily become felted
• Lay out to dry on a flat surface, do not hang up 
• Alpaca is sensitive to heat, so do not use a dryer or iron
• Follow the special care instructions on the garment label

More questions about care

Air out your garment well. This sounds strange at first, but it is due to the nature of the fiber:

Alpaca fiber, unlike sheep's wool, is a hollow fiber and largely self-cleaning. This means that odors and dirt are not absorbed by the fibers and work their way out of the material more quickly. Air your product well and regularly after wearing it, so you will enjoy it for a very long time.

As a general rule, use only wool detergent and wash only by hand. Do not use fabric softener. Do not leave or soak your product in water for too long. Very important: Wash only cold, i.e. below 30°C. The alpaca fiber behaves at high temperatures similar to hair over a heat source: it contracts and curls. Your garment may feel and shrink if washed too warm. Spinning should also be avoided at all costs, as this will initiate the felting process. After washing, do not wring out the garment, but lay it out flat to dry. The surface of a clothes horse, for example, is suitable for this. Ideally, place a dry terry towel underneath. We do not recommend hanging the product. When hung up, the structure could warp and unsightly wrinkles could form. Avoid drying in the sun or on the heater.

No need to worry, this can be fixed quickly if you have a steam iron.

1. Fill your steam iron with water and switch to the lowest temperature setting. This is often the same as the setting for silk.

2. Hang your product on a hanger or lay it out flat.

3. Now steam with the iron briskly along the creased areas or fold. When doing this, you mustn't touch the garment - so be sure to keep a distance of a few inches from the surface of the textile when emitting steam. The steam alone will make the wrinkles disappear very quickly. In very stubborn cases, you can place a damp cotton cloth between the steam iron and the product and steam tightly. Please be very careful when doing this, because great heat will cause enormous damage to the fiber.

Embroidered items should always be stored lying down. In the closet (especially in summer) alpaca clothes should always be stored with a little lavender or cedar. Pure natural wool without chemical treatment is very popular with moths. Alternatively, you can put special moth protection products or even a bar of lavender soap in the closet.