Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Washing a Wool Comforter Batt
I was cleaning out some things in the basement and as I was looking through some totes, I found a wool comforter batt. I had forgotten all about it! It was a batt from one our fleeces, that was processed at a woolen mill and covered with cheesecloth. The cheesecloth was in terrible shape-main reason I ended up putting it in a tote, until I got around to repairing it, someday!
I decided today would be the day. I removed the tattered cheesecloth and made the determination that the batt needed washed. I was happy to be able to use our new wash area in the wool shop.
When washing a comforter made from wool you want to wash it the same way you would wash a fleece, no agitation.
I filled one of the deep sinks with hot water, added soap and carefully added the wool batt.
I let it soak for one hour. That may have been overkill but it was pretty musty and dusty. I placed the batt in our extractor, I wasn't expecting the batt to be so heavy, but I did manage to get it in. The extractor is a little intimidating to use but I am sure I will get use to it. I love that the wool comes out with all the water removed.
I then placed the batt in a sink full of warm water. Let it soak for about 30 minutes-placed it back into the extractor to remove the water.
Laid it out to dry-It doesn't fit in our wool drying area so I bought it in the house and laid it over the dining room table. If it was daylight, I would have hung it outside.
Now to put a new covering on the batt. I decided against cheesecloth, I don't think it held up well enough. I am going to use muslin, or maybe a printed fabric so I won't need to use a Duvet cover.
Not sure yet, I will have to see what our local JoAnne Fabric Store has to offer!