removing stains and odours from knitwear
Brilliant news: Wool, and especially Merino wool, is naturally odour-resistant and relatively stain-resistant. How great is that? Your Wool Hikaru Zip is naturally stankless. It’s not magic, though — if you spill a glass of primitivo/black coffee/the blood of your enemies on it, you’re still in trouble. But hey! We got you:
If the stain is brand new, i.e. you’ve spilled something, blot it with kitchen towel or whatever absorbent material you have to hand. Scoop away any solid matter if you’ve spilled butter or fallen in grass or, for example. Dab the stain with white spirits or specialised stain treatment liquid from edges to centre, gradually releasing the stain as you go. Think of it as picking off the easy reds in a game of snooker before finally going into the pack, picking off the pawns to make it easier to capture the king.
There are several methods of removing odours from knitwear. We prefer non-invasive techniques, such as hanging your knitwear over a bowl of distilled white vinegar for a day or two. The vinegar will evaporate and take those nasty odours with it. Another option is to pop some solid charcoal in a drawer with your knitwear. The charcoal will absorb moisture, which is usually what causes a bad odour in knitwear. Depends on the odour, though. If you’ve rolled in dog dirt, you’re probably better off just setting your knitwear on fire and being done with it.