Samantha Holmes Alpaca Product Care
After 10 years in the business, Samantha’s knowledge of the quality and care of alpaca yarns is second to none.
Alpaca improves with age. The new products won’t always feel as soft and supple as they will with continued wear. Don’t trust other “softer” alpaca products which may contain acrylic. This will initially give a softer feel, but it will pill and ball very quickly. Please follow these guidelines and you will enjoy your alpaca products for many years to come!
-Knitted Items such as the Travel Shawl
The exclusive yarn combines 70% finest micron baby alpaca with 30% bamboo viscose to create a supremely soft, silky yarn, less prone to pilling. It is harder wearing, drapes beautifully and while it remains uniquely insulating, it is more breathable, less “hairy” and therefore more trans-seasonal. It also washes beautifully.
A cool handwash (30º) with a mild detergent such as Stergene or baby shampoo is recommended. Wash for no more than 5 minutes. Rinse in lukewarm water, always pressing, not wringing the fabric. Wrap the item in a clean dry towel to absorb excess moisture. Reshape as necessary and lay flat to dry. Do not hang your wet alpaca garment as it will stretch.
While it is possible to machine wash some of our alpaca garments on a 30º cool handwash cycle (i.e. a cycle which does not run for more than ¾ hours!), we cannot guarantee the result, because the make and condition of different washing machines varies too much! On no account should you use a Tumble Drier, as this will definitely shrink the product.
For very stubborn stains, please take your item to a professional dry cleaner.
We recommend that all our alpaca products are folded or rolled, rather than hung to prevent stretching.
-Items with Alpaca Fur such as the Pom Pom Shawl/Wrap
For all our fur items, we recommend you use a wire pet brush to restore the fur. Day to day sweat and grime disappears with a good brushing and you will be impressed how easily your fur is restored. Avoid wearing perfume or hairspray if this might come into contact with your fur as the alcohol/chemical content can dry out the leather skin. Oils may also penetrate the fur and turn rancid.
For items like our fur trimmed Pom Pom Shawl/Wrap, a cool handwash (30º) as suggested above is recommended although we suggest that you concentrate on sponging the fur clean and avoid it getting soaked. Follow the rinsing, drying and hanging instructions above and only wash the fur as infrequently as possible as over time it will deplete the natural oils.
For more serious cleaning or for when liquids have been spilt on the fur, cover with talcum powder and gently but deeply rub in. Leave for an hour or two then brush away the excess. This will lift residues and dirt from the hair shaft and restore the fluffiness of the fur.
-Storing Alpaca and Avoiding Moths
The best way to store your alpaca is in a sealed, but breathable bag in a cool place. Never put it away dirty as perspiration, hair gel and food stains etc attract moths. To guard against moths in the knitted items, we recommend Cedar chips or balls as cedar oil is a known deterrent to moths, although do not store your fur with cedar oil as it can dry it out. Therefore, we recommend you store your fur in a very cold environment, but not in a freezer. Moths die when the temperature goes below 8º. Moths hate light and being disturbed. Their life cycle is about 21 days, so every month, we recommend you shake out your garment and leave in bright sun light. Larvae are strongly repelled by light, and will fall from clothing when they cannot find protection.
Care of other Scarves
Please note the care instructions for each scarf before you purchase. Whilst many cottons can be machine washed at a cool 30° and in a protective bag, we recommend that you hand wash at 30° to maintain the knap of the fabric and to protect any embellishments there may be on the scarf.
Where Dry Cleaning is recommended we strongly advise you to follow this advice.