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Sweater in the dryer: is it possible?

Sweater in the dryer: advice, care, risk reduction

Cashmere or merino wool sweaters are very delicate. This is why it is important to know how to wash and dry your sweaters to avoid irreparable damage, as well described in an article in Corriere della Sera . A question we want to answer and that many ask about the care of delicate items is:

Can I put the sweater in the dryer?

While it may seem convenient to tumble dry a sweater, this practice poses risks that could compromise the life and appearance of your favorite garment. In this article, we'll explore the dangers associated with tumble drying sweaters, alternative methods for drying them, and tips for ensuring your wool or cashmere sweaters stay in great condition over time.

Dangers of Tumble Drying Sweaters:

1. Sweater Shrinkage: Sweaters made from delicate, natural yarns can shrink easily when exposed to high temperatures. Tumble drying on high heat can actually cause the sweater to shrink and become unusable.

2. Felting: shirts made from natural fibers such as wool are particularly sensitive to heat and friction. Tumble drying can cause the fibers to felt, creating a rough, uncomfortable texture on the sweater's surface.

3.Warping: The agitators and rotating blades inside the dryer can warp the shape of the sweater, especially if it is made of lightweight fabrics or has details such as embroidery or beading.

4. Color Fading: High dryer temperatures can cause the color of sweaters to fade, especially dark or bright ones. This can cause the sweater to lose its vibrancy and make it less visually appealing.

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How do you dry a wool or cashmere sweater?

1. Air drying: The safest method for drying sweaters is to lay them flat on a clean, dry surface, preferably on a towel. Make sure the sweater is completely dry before placing it in the closet to prevent moisture and mold buildup.

2.Low temperature drying: if you absolutely must use the dryer, first check the label to see if it can be used, then select a low temperature or delicate setting and remove the sweater as soon as it is dry to avoid damage. Do not overload the dryer so that the sweater can dry evenly. Place the sweater inside a laundry bag to protect it during the drying cycle. 


Sweater care tips:

1.Follow care label instructions: Before washing or drying a sweater, read the care label carefully for the manufacturer's care and washing recommendations.

2. Gentle wash : Use a mild detergent and wash your wool or cashmere sweaters by hand or in the washing machine on a gentle cycle to minimize the risk of damage.

3. Flat drying: When possible, dry sweaters by laying them flat on a dry surface to maintain the shape and structure of the garment.

4. Correct storage: store clean and dry sweaters appropriately, preferably folded rather than hanging, to avoid deformation of the fabrics.

5. Lint removal : Use a comb to remove lint and pilling from your shirts to keep them clean and well cared for.

If you want to keep your sweaters in great condition over time, it's essential to avoid tumble drying and opt for gentler alternative methods. By following our advice, your sweaters will remain soft, beautiful and durable for a long time. 

If you want more advice on caring for delicate items, you can download our complete guide .