How To Wash A Sweater
How To Wash A Sweater
Oct 06, 2017 LifeWear
Make sure your favourite knits survive the season.
Sweater weather! It’s the best part of the fall season, but when faced with the task of sweater washing, the typical reaction is fear and horror—you don’t want to ruin your favorite knitted treasure! But don’t worry — cleaning a sweater can be a stress-free endeavor, and you can do it at home.

UNIQLO sweaters are specifically designed to make your life better — not just in wearing them, but in caring for them, too. A wonderful sweater is something to be worn and enjoyed, not sequestered and taken out for special occasions because it is too delicate and difficult to wash.

Ours are made to be washed. * For instance, the Extra Fine Merino fabrics are constructed with innovative knitting techniques to reduce pilling and strengthen shrink resistance. After you've read these tips, shop all women's and men's knitwear.

*Extra Fine Merino in our Ines De La Fressange F/W 2017 collection is not machine-washable


Stuart Boyd is a specialist in laundry chemistry at LTC Worldwide, leading the training department. He shared some of his mastery.

Most Extra Fine Merino sweaters are washing machine safe. (Check the care label to be sure.)

“With machine washing, you’d want it on the most delicate cycle. Using a PH-neutral, mild detergent is preferred. Dye loss in bright sweaters can be minimized by using the correct detergent.”

“Turn the sweater inside-out and put it in a net bag or a pillowcase. That allows the detergent and the water to go on the stains but it cuts down the mechanical action and protects it from abrasion.”

“I’m not a fan of drying it in a dryer, and certainly not on a hanger. If you dry it on a hanger, you have the weight of the water that could pull the garment out of shape. Lay it flat and put it on the rack in the bathtub. It works an absolute treat.”

Use the delicate approach (with confidence) for extra thick and fluffy UNIQLO lambswool sweaters.

“Don’t over wash a sweater. Wash it when it is soiled, stained, or possibly when taken out of storage. Make sure that the water isn’t too hot.”

“Turn the garment inside out, because in doing this, you cut down the friction on the fibres so that the outside of the sweater doesn’t get pilling.”

“You don’t want regular detergent; you want a special wool washing liquid with a different chemistry — a PH-neutral, mild detergent.”

“Gently submerge it in the bath or in the sink. The movement of the sweater should just be up and down to slowly loosen the fibers. Don’t rub it or wring it. You don’t want to stretch the garment.”

“Let the water drain out of the sink or out of the bath and then rinse the sweater in warm water until the water comes clear.”

“Take it out gently and roll it in a towel to take out a lot of the water. You never, ever wring it out. Wool doesn’t like a lot of movement. It doesn’t like a lot of mechanical action. Then lay it flat on a rack.”