As our followers will know by now, Allta is all about providing a touch of affordable luxury to the tall woman’s wardrobe. That means we use premium natural fibres that look and feel good to wear, and just as importantly, stand the test of time.
Our popular Moreton blazer is made from 100% Shetland wool. To ensure it gives you years of stylish service it needs to be treated with respect.
Here, we’ve put together our top tips and advice on how to care for your wool jacket. From rescuing your blazer from an overstuffed suitcase, to keeping pesky wool pests at bay, we’ve got it covered. And we’re offering you the chance to win some essential oil-packed anti-moth sachets to protect all your finest woollens below :
Wool will crease when folded or packed for transit (we’re quite sure you won’t want to be parted from your blazer; not even on the shortest weekend break), but most creases will disappear on wearing. Persistent creases can be removed by hanging up your jacket in a bathroom full of steam for approximately 10-15 minutes. Make sure windows are closed, then run the hot tap or shower until the bathroom is fully steamed up. You can also achieve the same result with a steam iron. Place the jacket on an ironing board and holding a steaming iron two inches away from the creased fabric, give the iron a blast of steam and watch those creases miraculously disappear. DO NOT iron the jacket.
We recommend you get your wool blazer dry cleaned once or twice a year to give it an overall refresh but any spillages, especially those that can stain such as coffee and red wine, should be tackled immediately. Dab the stain with a clean dry cloth before it has a chance to penetrate the wool fibres. Do not rub as you will matt or felt the fibres, and avoid using a tissue, or paper towels which easily shred when wet leaving a residual lint. One of wools unsung attributes it its ability to repel moisture so immediate action can save some heartache.
Once soaked, wool can hold a considerable amount of water. The smell of lingering damp on a wool coat is instantly recognisable and most definitely undesirable. So, should you get caught in a heavy shower, it’s important that you give your jacket time to properly dry out. Hang up in a well ventilated, warm room until it is fully dry. Your jacket will thank you for it.
Mud splashes (heaven forbid) should be left to dry and then once dry, brushed off with a good quality clothes brush. Any attempt to remove the mud while wet will only amplify the problem.
We quite understand that you may want to store your blazer for the short period we often refer to as ‘summer’ when the sun may or may not shine, yet nevertheless, the temperature rises. So, a blazer sabbatical is accepted. Do note though: wool likes to breathe so avoid storing in plastic bags which can encourage mould. Washable cotton clothes bags are a great option.
Last but not least, beware the munching moth! The bane of wool lovers worldwide, we wouldn’t wonder. And the blighters are on the rise in Britain, according to new research by pest control company, Rentokil, with a 110% increase in clothes moth callouts from April to May last year and a 60% rise from May 2014 to May 2018. It’s actually the larvae of the eggs laid by the female moth that cause all the damage. Those larvae actually prefer unwashed clothes as any grime means more nutrients for them to feed on. So be sure to only store laundered garments. Moths love warm, dark environments where they won’t be disturbed! That’s one big incentive to regularly clear out your wardrobe and drawers and give them a good clean (and possibly a declutter while you are at it). Empty all storage spaces and vacuum thoroughly. Then wash down with warm, soapy water. Certain essential oils repel moths; cedar wood, vetiver, long lasting lavender, lemongrass, peppermint and rosemary are popular and can be used individually or in a mix. These natural deterrents are available in a number of variations.
To help keep the dreaded moth at bay we are offering you the chance to win some anti-moth hanging sachets for your wardrobe. These sachets, by Total Wardrobe Care, are made from an all-natural recipe of anti-moth essential oils, and not only smell beautifully fragrant but, according to the Total Wardrobe Care website, are proven to be effective at deterring moths. To be in with a chance of winning and keeping the munching beasties at bay, just go to the competition entry page on our website and tell us where you think our Allta jackets are all made.
UK18+ only. Normal exclusions apply. Opens: 19/02/19 Closes 28/02/19 23:59pm. x1 winner will win a pack 5 anti-moth hanging sachets by Total Wardrobe Care. Winners randomly selected and notified by email within 14 days of the closing date. Full terms and conditions below. Promoter: Allta Ltd.
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