Wet felted wool is generally easy to care for. Felt naturally repels dirt and water, so it doesn’t need frequent washing.
If you do need to wash it, I recommend hand washing:
- Use cold or lukewarm water and an adequate detergent for wool or neutral/olive oil soap.
- Avoid scrubbing or twisting.
- Rinse thoroughly, several times.
- A drop of vinegar in the last water helps protect the wool and revives its colors.
You can wash your felted products in the washing machine. But consider the following:
- Choose the right program for wool with no spinning cycle.
- Choose the right detergent for wool.
- You will still notice some shrinkage over time.
- Straight edges tend to get rounded.
- The surface might get a bit wrinkled due to shrinkage.
- Let it dry flat on a towel.
- If it’s a hollow object, like a hat or a bag, reshape it while it dries by filling it with a towel, for example. This is important because felt keeps the shape in which it dries.
- You can light steam it to flatten the surface.
- Felt will naturally tend to pill (small wool beads or fluff balls) over time. But you can remove pilling. Shave it off (with an adequate shaver) or cut with sharp scissors if it’s a small and delicate felt object.
And here’s a detailed video on how to care for different felted items!