We make products that are built to last from high-quality materials. Though, to enjoy using them for as long as possible there are a few best practices that should be followed:
CARING FOR ITEMS & PARTS OF ITEMS FILLED WITH WOOL (Mattresses, Cushions, Etc)
AFTER YOU RECEIVE YOUR ITEMS
Unpack and store flat. Packaging naturally causes a wool item to temporarily lose length width due to the lack of hard elements and synthetics inside. If your item appears shorter upon arrival, press on it and push outwards to expand it until side edges get completely straight and not wrinkled.
PICK A SUITABLE BASE FOR CUSHIONS & MATTRESSES
To ensure comfort and longevity of a wool mattress or cushion, choose a suitable base. We recommend solid wooden slats spaced at no more than 2” apart. This will provide support and sufficient air circulation. Box spring and solid platforms block airflow. Slats spaced over 2” apart may cause the mattress to sag in the gaps, causing the wool to compress unevenly, and you may be able to feel the slats.
BREAKING-IN CUSHIONS & MATTRESSES
Each wool mattress/cushion will compress about 10-15% during the first few months of use. It is a natural process for wool. We accommodate the compression by stuffing the wool densely, so our cushions come thicker than advertised. To avoid dips forming where your body naturally lays/sits on the cushion you simply need to:
- Sit/sleep on all parts of the cushion so wool is under equal pressure on each part to ensure even compression and avoid dips and humps.
- Flip and rotate mattresses (head to toe & top to bottom) at least once weekly in the first 2-3 months or until the wool compresses, and regularly thereafter. We put handles on the sides of mattresses for easy handling.
- Do not sit on the edge of the mattress for long periods. For couples sleeping on one mattress – lay in the center of the bed to avoid a ‘hump’ forming where no one usually sleeps.
- Compression stops after a few months of regular use. If you need more ‘cushioning’ after, you can easily add some fresh wool through the zippers we place.
ADJUSTING THE FIRMNESS
If at any point you find the mattress/cushion to be too firm or if the wool compresses unevenly, you can easily reach in through the zipper to adjust the wool filling or add more loose wool on top of the existing wool, for a fresh fluffy layer.
- Do not wash with the filling.
- Stains on the outside should be spot cleaned.
- You can remove the filling to machine wash the cover using gentle cycle and a mild detergent.
- Air dry completely.
- Once a year allow to air out in the sun for a day, if possible.
- Use duvet inserts and pillows inside covers.
TIPS FOR HUMID CLIMATES
Use a dehumidifier. Sun and air bedding more frequently. Use a vacuum on your mattress to pull air through the fibers. Occasionally unmake your bed in the morning to allow it to air out accumulated moisture during the night.
Wool is incredibly resistant to mold and mildew. Keep an eye on the slats of your frame for early signs of mildew.
CARING FOR WOOL & WOOL BATTING
Avoid washing. Washing wool will cause fibers to stick together and form clumps and will need to be carded. Wool is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. If you need to wash it, use lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Re-carding it after might be necessary.
CARING FOR REMOVABLE COVERS & ITEMS NOT FILLED WITH WOOL
Wash at gentle cycle with a mild detergent, without brighteners. For wool fabrics use a detergent for wool.
Use water temperature up to 90º F or 30 º C.
Do not bleach.
Do not cycle wool fabrics.
For thicker items such as rugs or blankets remove excess water by gently brushing or squeezing and let air dry completely.
Natural fabrics will create a beautiful wrinkled texture when washed.
TURNING MATTRESS PROTECTORS INTO PUDDLE PADS
To increase the waterproof abilities of the protector, lanolize it before first use and after each washing.
- Fill a bucket/sink/bathtub with lukewarm water (hot water will felt and shrink wool).
- In a separate cup of very hot water dissolve a teaspoon (or 2-3 teaspoons for larger sizes) of pure solid lanolin. Dissolving well is very important to avoid sticky spots on the wool.
- Once well dissolved add to the lukewarm water and mix well.
- Soak the protector in the lukewarm, lanolin-rich bath.
- Let sit for a minimum of 3 hours to overnight.
- Take out the protector and gently squeeze the fabric to remove excess water. Hang it and let it dry.
Owning one of our mattresses assures you don’t have to buy a mattress in the near future – or far! Wool mattresses can last you more than 30 years, or a lifetime, which equals multiple latex of foam mattresses that are impossible to decompose and pollute the environment.
We truly care about our environmental impact and thus we’ve created this page, where we’ll be showing how to prolong the life of our creations (while saving you money).
GOOD TO KNOW
- Begin with dry, clean wool (the mattress protectors are machine washable at wool program with a detergent for wool).
- Draw a pan/bucket/sink/bathtub of lukewarm water. Hot water will felt and shrink wool.
- Take a separate cup of very hot water, add a a teaspoon (or 2-3 teaspoons for larger sizes) of pure lanolin. Stir to dissolve. Dissolving well is very important to avoid sticky spots on the wool.
- Once well dissolved add to the sink of lukewarm water and mix well.
- Add your wool, soaking it through with the lukewarm, lanolin-rich bath. Let sit for a minimum of 3 hours to overnight
- These are handmade items. Please, allow some deviation in dimensions. Deviation in a dimension greater than 5% can be considered a mistake.
- All wool-filled items are subject to some degree of compression. They are softer initially and compress and dense up within the first couple of months of use.
- Wool fibers are in various natural colors and have the natural odor of sheep, which will be gone in a couple of weeks.
- Wool-filled items are intentionally overstuffed and equipped with a zipper, so you can adjust the fill volume to the height and firmness you find most comfortable.
- Wool-filled mattresses perform best on solid flat surfaces and slatted frames with no more than 2” distance between the slats so the mattress doesn’t sag in the openings.
- All fabrics are free of chemical finishes and finishing, so they are not stain resistant and do wrinkle with washing.
- Tufting and quilting are NOT decorative; the thread goes through the whole item.
- Tufting is a structural part of the wool-filled item. It is intended to keep the wool filling in place. If you want to remove the wool filling to machine wash the cover, you need to snip all tufts and re-sew them after – it is easier than sewing a button, or you may return it to our shop.
We include in the package a needle and thread with all tufted items.
OUR PRODUCTS ARE ALL NATURAL, BIODEGRADABLE, RECYCLABLE, HYPOALLERGENIC, ANTIFUNGAL, ANTIBACTERIAL, UNBLEACHED, LONG LASTING, BREATHABLE, DUST MITE FREE, made in a CHEMICAL & SCENT FREE FACILITY and contain:
– NO fire retardant chemicals
– NO carbonized wool
– NO dyes
– NO synthetic fibers
– NO plastics
– NO vinyl