FAQs-backup

Merino Wool FAQ

THE BENEFITS OF MERINO WOOL

1. MERINO IS LIGHTWEIGHT & SUPER SOFT

The “itchy sweater” feeling of traditional wool comes from its thick, coarse fiber.

The fibers of Merino wool, on the other hand, are much finer, resulting in wool that’s softer, lighter and more flexible. A Merino wool garment flows with your body’s natural movements in a way that just feels right.

2. MERINO IS BREATHABLE

Throughout the day, your body produces heat and vapor. That’s not an insult, it’s just biology. When that heat and vapor can’t escape, it condenses, and you wind up with sweaty clothes. Garments made from blends and synthetics trap moisture. But with Merino, your body heat can pass through the space between fiber, and even the fibers themselves, to get out. Even better, it’s a two-way street: the fiber lets in the cool surrounding air, keeping you cool and dry.

3. MERINO MANAGES MOISTURE

Being breathable is all well and good, but what happens when you’re on a hike deep in Peruvian jungle? At that point, your body is creating more sweat and heat than the air can effectively evaporate.

Not to worry: Merino fiber canabsorb up to a third of its weight in moisture while still feeling comfortable and dry to the touch. The fibers of merino wool also naturally move absorbed moisture away from your body, where it can continue to evaporate. This process is called“wicking,” and it’s a lifesaver in hot, humid environments.

4. MERINO IS ANTIBACTERIAL

Every fiber of a Merino sheep’s coat has an oily, waxy coating called Lanolin. It helps repel water during rainy months and also guards against infections.

The yarn used to make Merino wool clothing maintains some residual Lanolin – and its benefits. It’s a safeguard against mildew, mold and odor-causing bacteria.

5. MERINO IS ODOR RESISTANT

Taken together, Merino wool’s abilities to stay breathable, manage moisture, and fight odor-causing bacteria add up to one thing: It smells fresh, no matter what you put it through. When properly cared for, a Merino wool garment will stay clean and scent=free for weeks, or even months, without washing.

6. MERINO WOOL IS WRINKLE RESISTANT

If you look at a single Merino wool fiber under a microscope, you’ll notice that it resembles a tight coiled spring. The pros call thisit a “fiber crimp”.

Pull on the crimp, and it will recoil back into shape every single time. It’s this elasticity that gives Merino wool its luxurious-feeling stretch. What that means to those of us without microscopes is, you can stuff it into a backpack or carry-on and it comes out looking ready-to-wear.

7. MERINO WOOL IS ORGANIC & RENEWABLE

Lose your shirt while camping?  Don’t sweat it, Merino Wool garments will biodegrade back into soil within a few years.

Between Australia and New Zealand, there are about 70 million Merino sheep producing this miraculous fiber year round, raised on a simple diet of grass pasture. Each year, the Merino produce a brand-new fleece, making this natural harvest of wool completely renewable and sustainable. All while creating a thriving, multi-generational industry in both nations.

The fabric is also relatively biodegradable. If you lose your shirt (we won’t ask how) it’ll break down into the soil within a few years. You’ll be down a shirt, but at least you won’t be littering.

 

HOW TO CARE FOR MERINO WOOL

Merino wool is easy to care for, and its waxy Lanolin coating helps resist stains. But should you ever feel like your clothing is ready for a wash, Merino wool is completely machine washable, and it air-dries quickly.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT TUMBLE DRY MERINO WOOL.

MACHINE WASHING INSTRUCTIONS:

  •   Throw your Merino wool clothing in the wash with the rest of your laundry.
  •   You can use your usual detergent on the normal wash cycle.

HAND WASHING

  •   Make sure you sink is clean.
  •   Fill it with warm water.
  •   Add a few drops of mild detergent.
  •   If you don’t have detergent on hand, regular liquid soap will do the trick.
  •   Throw your Merino wool clothing into the soapy water and let it soak for 10-20 minutes depending on how soiled it is.
  •   Gently agitate the water from time to time.
  •   Drain the sink and rinse your clothing with fresh warm water.
  •   Do not wring-out your Merino wool

DRYING

  •   The best way to dry your Merino wool clothing is by laying it flat on a towel and flipping it from time to time. This takes a little longer, but it’s the best way to take care of your clothing.
  •   Alternatively you can hang it to dry over a chair or bannister.

WE REPEAT: DO NOT TUMBLE DRY MERINO WOOL.