How to Get Stains Out of Merino Wool

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Girl wearing a wool sweater.
Girl wearing a wool sweater.

While merino wool is very durable and mostly stain resistant, stains can and do occur. Getting a stain out of merino wool is fairly simple if done correctly. By using a few household items you can save money and save your garment, making it look as good as new.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Mild detergent
  • Baby powder or cornstarch
  • Sponge
  • Sink

Step 1

Red paint stains require professional help.
Red paint stains require professional help.

Determine the severity of your stain to determine if you can take care of it at home or if you need to take it to the dry cleaner. More severe stains caused by paint and dyes need professional care. You can take care of most other stains on your own using household items.

Step 2

The easiest way to remove a stain from merino wool is to fill a sink with lukewarm water and mild detergent. Some detergents even specify that they are specially made for merino wool. Place the garment into the sink and gently agitate it for a minute, making sure not to agitate it too much as this can cause shrinkage.

Step 3

Drain the sink and rinse your garment with cool water to remove soap.

Step 4

Push garment against sides of sink to remove excess water. Do not ring or twist. Dry flat.

Step 5

Coffee stain on a woman's top.
Coffee stain on a woman's top.

If you still see a stain, you can try a more specific approach depending on the stain. For a grease stain, sprinkle baby powder or cornstarch on the affected area and rub gently until powder comes through the other side. Shake and repeat if the stain has not been removed.

To remove beverage stains, gently blot with a damp sponge.

For blood stains, blot the area with a damp sponge to remove excess blood. Then gently dab the area with undiluted vinegar, followed by cold water.

Tip

  • If you must take your garment to the dry cleaners, do it as little as possible as the chemicals can cause damage.

Warning

  • Never use bleach on merino wool. This will dissolve the natural fibers.

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