Find out how to fix a shrunken woollen top.

Did you shrink your top?

Posted by Trudy Baker on

Let's face it, the majority of us have found ourselves devastated after our favourite woollen jumper found its way through the washing machine... or the dryer, and ended up looking like it would fit a 3-year-old. But fear not, we've got a quick fix for you!

When it comes to rescuing your shrunken woollen clothing, one handy trick to try is washing it with hair conditioner. Here's what you can do:

Soak: Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water and add a moderate amount of hair conditioner. Swirl the water gently to mix it in.

Submerge and soak: Place the shrunken garment in the basin, making sure it's fully submerged. Allow it to soak for approximately 30 minutes. The hair conditioner helps relax the fibres and restore their elasticity.

Gently stretch: After soaking, carefully remove the garment from the water and gently stretch it back to its original shape. Take your time and be patient while doing this, as excessive force may damage the fabric further.

Towel-dry and reshape: Lay a clean, absorbent towel flat on a surface and place the damp garment on top. Gently roll the towel and garment together to remove excess water. Then, reshape the clothing to its intended size and dimensions.

Air dry flat: Lay the reshaped garment on a clean, flat surface, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Allow it to air dry naturally, giving it enough time to regain its shape. Avoid hanging the garment, as it may stretch or distort during the drying process.

While this method has proven successful for many, it's important to note that results may vary depending on the type of wool and the extent of the shrinkage. In some cases, the original size may not be fully restored. However, it's worth giving it a try before considering other options.

If these steps don't fully restore your garment, don't despair. Consider seeking professional help from a dry cleaner or tailor experienced with woollen fabrics. They may have specialised techniques and equipment to salvage your beloved clothing.

Remember, prevention is always better than cure. Always be sure to carefully read and follow the care instructions provided on your woollen garments to avoid mishaps.

Good luck, and may your beloved woollen jumper be restored to its former glory!


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