Have you been so unlucky to shrink your favorite sweater? You are not alone. The biggest mistake you can make with a wool garment is to wash it on a regular program in the washing machine. High temperature and a lot of movement makes the wool fibers shrink, and your garment gets felted. If the accident has occurred, you can try to wash your wool garment correctly (here), but with less centrifugation. The garment will be more soaked than normal, and you can try to pull it back to its original shape. Be careful not to pull too hard. If this does not work, we have a different metode you can try; to soak the garment with a regular hair conditioner.
How to save shrunken wool:
- Fill the sink or a washbasin with lukewarm water and about 2 dl conditioner. The water should not be more than 30 degrees.
- Massage the conditioner into the garment and leave it for 15-20 minutes.
- Gently pull on the garment while lying in the water bath.
- Rinse out the conditioner in cold water. This may take some time, so you have to be patient. Make sure you squeeze out the water and do not twist the garment.
- Lay the sweater flat on a bath towel and gently stretch again. Roll the sweater into the towel. This is to get out excess water.
- Attach the edges with safety pins to a new, dry towel and let it dry.
If your garment has shrunk too much, there is a possibility that this method will not work. It should only be used as a last resort. It can damage the wool fibers and damage your garment if you work too much on it. Unfortunately, there is also no guarantee that the garment will return to the same size and shape.