How to Smooth Wrinkles in Wool Garments

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Wool garments often come with extensively detailed care instructions on the label. They're often dry clean only, and the other specialized instructions can make them a huge pain to maintain. But at least one thing about wool clothes is easy: They're a breeze to steam smooth. If your wool sweaters, jackets or other items have gotten wrinkled, just smooth them out the easy way.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrinkled wool garments
  • Wooden or wide, rounded plastic hangers
  • Bathroom door or wall hook
  • Bathroom shower

Step 1

Put your wrinkled garments on smooth wooden hangers or wide, rounded plastic hangers. Wire hangers and smaller plastic hangers may cause your garments to stretch out at the shoulders.

Step 2

Hang your garments in the bathroom, preferably from a hook on the door or wall. Make sure they're hanging freely and that they're not pressed up against anything else.

Step 3

Turn on the shower and run very hot water. If you need to take a shower, this is your opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Just keep the water as warm as you can safely stand it. If you do not need to shower, feel free to turn the hot water up all the way. Then just close the shower curtain to avoid splashing and leave the bathroom, closing the door behind you.

Step 4

After about three minutes, go back into the bathroom and close the door behind you quickly. The bathroom should be full of hot steam. If it isn't full of steam yet, let the water go for an additional two minutes or so. When it's very steamy, turn off the water and leave the bathroom again, shutting the door quickly so the steam doesn't escape.

Step 5

Retrieve your garments after about 10 minutes total of steaming in the bathroom. The wrinkles should be mostly or completely steamed out. Wrinkles that just appear to loosen a bit in the bathroom will likely smooth out the rest of the way after an hour or so.

Warning

  • Always follow the care instructions on your wool garments.

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