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clickowls

  • Joined Sep 2009
Washing fleeces
« on: March 07, 2010, 11:43:48 am »
Simple question - do I wash the fleece as a whole, or my possible preferred method is to take parts and wash it, presumably in  copious amountswarm water with some sort of liquid soap in?

Fluffywelshsheep

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Near Stirling, Central Scotland
Re: Washing fleeces
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2010, 11:46:28 am »
thats down to the space you have to dry it and the fact of the weather if you dry it outside

Linz

Fluffywelshsheep

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Near Stirling, Central Scotland
Re: Washing fleeces
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2010, 12:00:19 pm »
don't splotch the warm (not boilling water) to much with the soap (I had handwash soap flakes for when i washed the fleeces in the machine) as it might felt but if your doing it by hand you can see and now when to stop
Linz

sagehen

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Warwickshire
Re: Washing fleeces
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2010, 12:19:19 pm »
I usually wash the fleece whole. Just part fill the bath and add a little soap (I use ecover for wool) and just move the fleece a little to dislodge and submerge it. If your fleece is cleanish you haven't really got to clean it - just get rid of the skirt that is muddy or caked. It really depends what you want to do with it. If it's for spinning, you don't really need to clean it, especially if it's your own and you know it's not been dipped or anything. If it's for felting, you clean it, and you can afford to clean it a bit more because you don't really need the lanolin like you would for spinning.
Some people use washing up liquid, which is far too sudsy - they end up stripping the lanolin for spinning, and have to spray it with some oil (which I think is quite mad). When most of the dirt is gone, just empty the bath, refill it and rinse, and then when you empty it the next time, I tend to give it a once over with a shower attachment. Don't wring the fleece, just squeeze out as much water as you can and dry it on an airer somewhere ( I tend to dry it outside when I've got nice weather).

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Washing fleeces
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2010, 09:50:55 pm »
.......or you can pack them up and send to me! We wash 1kg upwards! We wash in a commercial scourer and then dry.....cost 12 per kg!........its really worth it if you have a lot to wash!
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