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THIS GENERATION'S HIKER CHOOSE ALPACA WOOL

Care Instructions

ALPACA WOOL KNITS ARE VERY EASY TO CARE BUT WASHING IN MACHINE WE DO NOT RECOMMEND.

From the start Wølmark products do not need lot of care because alpaca wool is as its own really repellent for dirt and smells. Usually just a refreshing outside will do.

Our product especially sweaters only needs washing one or two times per year. Every time you wash your knit it will weaken the wool.

If there is a stain in the product which doesn't go away with a wet towel or other tool it is time for a hand wash. If the stain doesn't still go away it is time to take it to the professional wash.

Follow our instruction of washing it by hand. 

WASHING IT BY HAND

Villapaidan käsinpesun ensimmäinen vaihe on esipuhdistus

1. Pre-wash 

If the dirt is sticky you can steam the knit first really carefully.

Villapaidan käsinpesun toinen vaihe on pesu

2. Washing

Pour water of your own hand tempature or bellow. Go through gently squishing and pressing. If you like you can use mild non -smell soup. Remember water can't be over 30 °C.

Vältä vääntämästä tai kiertämästä villapaitaa!

3. Do not
 

Do not roll or twist your product. It can harm and bend the knit.

Laske ylimääräinen vesi pesun jälkeen valuttamalla

4. Dripping
 

Drip the water with pressing it gently. Do not hang, twist or shake the product.

Valuttamisen jälkeen rullaa paita pyyhkeen avulla hellästi mahdollisimman kuivaksi

5. Roll drying 

You can roll the product inside of an towel to get the extra water of the product.

Kuivaa loput vedet paidasta tasolla tai avoimen pyyhkeen päällä

6. Drying

Final drying should be on a dry level. or opened up at the top of a towel.

Säilytä paita ilmavasti viikattuna – ei ikinä henkarilla!

7. Stowage
 

Remember to stowage the products nicely folded on a level instead of an hanger.

WASHING MACHINE

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND TO WASH THESE PRODUCTS IN WASHING MACHINE.

We also know that there is lot of people who feel the urge to wash these in the machine. We want to state very clearly that if you wash these in the machine it is in your own risk.  This in mind we like to offer the less risky washing style with a machine.

Clean your machine really really good.

Put the product in a washing bag.

Most of the machine has own wool program. That includes short program with a lot of water. Remember to wash it as cold water as you can.  Over 30°C water can harm or destroy your product!

Drying should follow the same instructions as in hand washing. 

ALPACA VS. MERINO

What makes alpaca wool superior to Merino sheep's wool and why is Merino sheep's wool often coated with plastic?

The amazing benefits of alpacas come from their thousands of years of living in the rugged environment of the Andes Mountains. In this environment, the alpacas have naturally developed a fiber that can withstand drastic temperature changes, from the freezing temperatures of the night to the scorching sun of the day.

Fiber scales and chemical treatment

Almost all Merino sheep's wool is processed in order to remove the characteristic scales from the wool, which make the sheep's wool sting. The result of the treatment is a smoother coat, but at the same time the properties of the wool deteriorate. For example, wool's ability to repel and transfer moisture is significantly reduced or completely removed.

The so-called Superwash method has either one or two steps, depending on the method. In the first step, the fiber scales are smoothed using a chemical process. In the second step, the fiber is coated, often with plastic, so that it can be machine washed.

Responsible brands use sustainable methods, but according to research, up to 70-75%(1,2) of washable Merino wool products on the market are also covered with plastic to enhance production and soften the skin feel.

Alpaca wool is not chemically treated, as the fiber is naturally fine-scaled. When scales are not removed e.g. the wool's ability to repel and transfer moisture is preserved and it is possible to make knitwear even in demanding conditions.

Fiber air pockets

This is another major structural difference between Merino and Alpaca. Basically, all wools contain air, which creates the characteristic ability of wool to insulate heat. Both wools have this structure, but Alpaca wool contains significantly more of these air pockets and insulates its wearer better.

Although Merino's fiber is longer and thicker, wool is a less effective thermal insulator compared to alpacas(5). Depending on the source, the secretion capacity of alpaca wool compared to Merino is 20-400% (3,4). Airy fibers make the product lighter and enable a warm product with less material.

The differences in the thermal insulation of the wools are related to the differences in the internal structure of the fibers. Merino sheep's wool consists of one type of fiber that does not have a core, while only a small part of alpaca fibers are coreless(4). This core creates air spaces in the fiber and increases the heat insulation of the wool, making alpaca an effective heat insulator(5).

"Depending on the source, the insulating capacity of alpaca wool compared to Merino is 20-400%"

In the end, there are only a handful of Merino sheep wool brands that can really guarantee the product's quality and ethics. When you buy alpaca, you know that the quality of the materials is always top notch.

We create gear for this generation of hikers. Alpaca wool is a genuine high-performance fiber that has evolved naturally, shaped by its environment in the rugged mountains of the Andes. No chemicals, no plastic, no animal abuse - 100% alpaca wool.

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