Garment Care & Storage

Garment Care & Storage

Care of Alpaca Sweaters & Products

All our garments are made from 100% natural fiber and must be treated with care.

  • Alpaca sweaters may be hand washed in cool water with a gentle detergent. Woolite is not recommended.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach.
  • Do not agitate or wring.
  • Fabric softener may be added to rinse water.
  • Lay flat on towel and roll to remove excess moisture.
  • Do not tumble dry - Lay the product flat, reshape to its original dimensions and allow it to dry naturally.
  • May be ironed.
  • Do not dry in the sun.
  • Dry Cleaning acceptable.

Care of Alpaca Fur Products & Teddy Bears

Alpaca fur does not contain lanolin, nor does the fiber have scales which can trap dirt or debris. This means that alpaca fur stays cleaner longer. Should your alpaca fur item get soiled, here are some solutions: 

  • Wipe soiled area with damp cloth, do not use soap.
  • Do not submerge in water.
  • Allow to air dry, do not place in dryer.
  • Do not dry in the sun.
  • Gently brush item and shake to fluff fur. (This will also remove dust)
  • Dry Cleaning acceptable (fur trimmed garments a must!) or consult professional company who deals with fur.

Storage of Alpaca Items

Caring for your alpaca treasures is vital - by following these few simple guidelines, you can protect and prolong the life of your favorite sweaters, blankets or accessories:

  • Put items away that are freshly cleaned and completely dry. (Pests prefer dirty fibers)
  • Store in a cedar chest, a shirt box, a pillow case (clean) or a paper bag (clean). These allow for air circulation. Never use plastic or dry cleaning bags. Items may also be stored in the freezer (in a zip lock bag) or any moth protected environment.
  • Sweaters and blankets should be folded and laid flat, never hung.
  • Traditional herbal repellents such as cedar chips, nuggets or blocks, and especially lavender bundles are far superior to chemical moth balls. We recommend Purple Haze Lavender for tips and purchasing.
  • Interleave tissue paper at folds (interior of fold) to avoid lines when you are ready to wear your sweater again.
  • Don't store alpaca in close proximity to sheep's wool or cashmere sweaters, as moths are more readily drawn to these fibers.

Sock Care

For best results, machine or hand wash in cool or cold water. Turn inside out to reduce pilling. No bleach. Hang dry, or tumble dry on air or no heat.