Caring for Your Socks, Accessories and Apparel
Due to the natural crimp in wool fibres, our socks will shrink up to 10% when first washed. We have allowed for this shrinkage with our sizing, which is why your new socks may look a little bigger than expected when they arrive.
That is why we recommend washing your socks before you wear them, using the tips and information below.
Caring properly for your Lindner products will ensure they last for years to come.
Over-washing or using harsh detergents or softeners can quickly break down natural materials and use of tumble dryers or dry cleaning will cause shrinking, so keep this in mind when caring for your socks, beanies, scarves and apparel.
For further tips and information about caring for wool products, please visit the Woolmark website.
We also sell a range of eco-friendly accessories to help you care for your Lindner Socks products. To view the range, click here.
To help care for your merino socks, they should be washed separately, or in a hosiery and lingerie wash bag so they do not catch on other garments.
We recommend a cold machine wash to a maximum of 30 degrees on a wool or woolens cycle setting, using a mild wool detergent. Faster cycles are better as some front loaders have long cycles and may even heat their own water, so beware it doesn’t get too hot.
Alternatively, the socks can be hand washed using a gentle laundry soap*.
Tumble dryers and dry cleaning should be avoided, as they will cause your socks to shrink. Air drying in the shade is best, as direct, intense sunshine or drying close to heaters can also shrink the wool.
If you have accidentally shrunk your socks, never fear, you can try to stretch them out whilst they are wet.
Merino Beanies, Scarves and Rugby Tops
When washing merino beanies, scarves and rugby tops we recommend following the same instructions for washing merino socks, as listed above.
As with our merino socks, tumble dryers and dry cleaning should be avoided as they will cause your merino beanies, scarves and rugby tops to shrink.
Air drying in the shade on a flat surface is best, as drying on a clothesline or hanger can cause wool products to stretch and become misshapen. For best results, we recommend laying them on a clean, light or white lint-free towel.
Merino and Alpaca Blend Socks and Alpaca Scarves
As alpaca fleece is a hair fibre, our alpaca farmers recommend the best way to care for our local merino and alpaca blend and local alpaca products is to hand wash them in shampoo (any hair shampoo will do, as long as it doesn’t have colour pigments).
Tumble dryers and dry cleaning should be avoided when drying our merino and alpaca blend products to avoid shrinkage. As with our merino products, air drying in the shade is best.
Storing wool products in dark cupboards over summer or if not used for an extended period of time makes them easy targets for wool moths or carpet beatles.
As you reach for your favourite garment, it sometimes leads to finding a small hole or patch of holes. It looks like a manufacturing flaw initially but on closer inspection, pin sized holes reveal a slightly eaten patch of material that quickly falls apart when pressure is applied.
To avoid pesky bugs, mould, and general wear and tear, it is recommended that wool socks and apparel are stored for extended periods in airtight vacuum sealed packs, 100% cotton or wool cloth bags or sealed storage bins. Apparel should also be folded, not hung, to prevent it becoming misshapen.
For further information about storing wool products, please visit the Woolmark website.
*How to use The Australian Olive Oil Soap Tea Tree Peppermint Laundry Soap to hand wash Lindner Socks and other laundry items:
- Soak or rinse the garment in lukewarm water first to make it wet, then gently rub in the soap to make bubbles. When you have enough bubbles to wash the garment, put the soap on a dry surface to allow for drying. Don't let it soak in water.
- Stir the soap in a bucket of clean, lukewarm water to make bubbles then take the soap out, and allow it to dry - you can start washing your garment in that soapy water.
- Once washed in the soapy water, rinse the garment with lukewarm water to remove excess soap and air dry.