How to Get Wrinkles Out of Wool

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The weather turns cool and you decide to wear a favorite piece of wool clothing, perhaps a sweater, skirt, scarf or coat. Maybe you wore the coat yesterday and want to wear it again, then you notice it's wrinkled. Wool is less prone to wrinkling than cotton or linen, but wrinkles can develop from wearing the item, especially if you sit on a chair or in a car for a long time. Wool also can become wrinkled during storage. However, there are a few easy ways to get wrinkles out of wool.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood or plastic hangers
  • Hot shower
  • Dry iron
  • Clean cotton cloth
  • Distilled water
  • Spray bottle
  • Hang your wool clothing for at least 24 hours after wearing. Use wooden hangers or wide plastic ones because wire hangers can cause dents and bumps in the fabric. Wrinkles in wool tend to loosen and disappear easily, and hanging the item up sometimes can solve the problem.

  • Hang the wool in a steamy bathroom if wrinkles prove to be more stubborn. Steam can easily remove wrinkles from wool. Hang the item on a hook on the door or wall, or from a towel rack away from water. Run a hot shower for 10 to 20 minutes to create a steam room. Keep the door closed and leave the wool inside for an hour. Any wrinkles still visible should resolve within another hour or two.

  • Iron the wool with a dry iron on the wool setting, which is a low setting. Grab a white or light-colored cotton fabric such as a dish towel, bandanna or bed sheet. Spray a light mist of distilled water onto the cloth and then place the cloth over the wrinkle and iron. Press the garment from the wrong side if possible. Press and lift instead of sliding the iron back and forth.

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