How To Wash Vintage Wool Fabric

Knowing how to wash vintage wool fabric is essential. If you wash wool the wrong way, the fabric will shrink and be ruined. Always be as gentle as possible while washing vintage wool.

Here are the supplies you need to wash vintage wool fabric:

  • Liquid Woolite detergent
  • Sink
  • Large, absorbent bath towels
  • Mesh drying rack
  1. Put one-fourth cup of the gentle laundry detergent into a clean, plugged sink. Add cold water to the detergent. Agitate the water with your hands to work up some suds.
  2. Place your vintage wool fabric into the water. Saturate the fabric with the soapy water.
  3. Let the fabric soak for five or ten minutes. Work the suds through the fabric gently with your hands. Do not twist or pull the fabric because it is fragile. Unplug the sink to let the cleaning water out.
  4. Rinse the wool fabric gently in the sink with cold, clear water. Do not wring out or twist the wool. Just keep rinsing the wool over and over again until the suds are gone.
  5. Gently roll the wool fabric and firmly press the water out of it while it is still in the sink. Take the wool out of the sink and place it on the absorbent bath towels.
  6. Unroll the wool fabric on the towel. Shape it so that it is straight and even. Place it carefully onto the mesh drying rack, so it will keep its shape Dry flat on the mesh drying rack.


  • Never wash vintage wool fabric with hot water. Hot water will cause the fabric to shrink.
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