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Merino Care Instructions
Can I wash my throw?
Merino wool is a very fine material that requires a little extra care. Ideally, the product should be washed as infrequently as possible, if ever. The best alternative would be to air the throw on a sunny autumn or winter day. As wool has a self-cleaning ability, the dirt can migrate out of the garment without the help of moisture. If your throw is not visibly dirty, this will be enough to keep the wool clean.
If an accident does happen and the wool becomes visibly dirty, you can soak in warm water (not warmer than 30 degrees), leave it soaking for a while, then squeeze out as much water as you can and then let dry lying flat. The easiest way is to put the blanket between two towels and press out the excess water. Do not twist the water out of the product as this could harm the delicate fibres.
You could also machine wash the throw using the wool cycle programme of your washing machine. Shape the product if needed when it is wet and let it dry lying flat. You should also use a wool detergent if you machine wash that is adapted precisely for this type of washing.
Will my blanket Pill?
Fru Nordstrom's throw blankets are knitted using unspun wool, making them a bit more sensitive than a regular sweater knitted in the same material. However, with a bit of care, any pilling can be kept to an absolute minimum. The main thing is to not rub the blanket together too much as this is what causes pilling.
Whether a merino throw pills or not is dependent on a number of factors:
how hard the yarn is spun;
how tightly knitted the throw is;
whether the material has been put through a secondary process called "felting" (which prevents pilling); and
how often the fabric is rubbed together or agitated.
Fru Nordstroms throws are spun as firmly and tightly as possible to ensure the least amount of pilling, but also loose enough for the throws to be soft and cuddly to nestle in. It is a fine balance to get the correct and takes a lot of technique and skill.
After each throw is knitted, it is put through a secondary process called "felting" where the fabric is washed and dried with heat which shrinks the fabric to make it thick and soft. This secondary process is what differentiates Fru Nordstrom's throws from others on the market, as it is a difficult and complicated technique, but it helps keep pilling to a minimum.
It is inevitable that with age, their will be some pilling of your throw. This is because wool is a natural material so as the material is rubbed together / agitated, small fibres will become loose and form small balls or "pilling" on top of the fabric. This is not a manufacturing flaw.