I have some wool covers, and in theory I really love everything I know about it as a fabric but I don't now how to maintain and use them? Like how often do I wash them? How often do I use lanolin? What does felted mean and why do people do it? Thank ahead of time!
mama to Fox Elijah 10/20/10-10/27/10 and Raven Audrey 11/13/11
Felting is when the wool fibers are stressed and shrink up. They do this in the prepping process to increase absorbency. You do not need to felt your soakers. Think if you accidentally put a wool sweater through the wash and it is now only fit for a doll.
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I've been using wool exclusively for a year and a half. For us, usually the wool starts to have a urine smell to it, and that's when the lanolin is used up. If I just wash it and don't lanolize at that point it will work for a few days and smell again. So, I end up lanolizing any time the covers need to be washed. Most of mine are machine washable on delicate (Wild Child Woolies and felted Imse Vimse), and if I wash them in the machine it seems to totally strip the lanolin.
We have 6 covers that get used every day plus 5 occasional longies, Kissaluvs, and SBish knits that don't fit under all clothes. I have to lanolize the 6 workhorse covers about every 3 weeks.