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Merino Fabric Care & Stain Removal Information

Merino Fabric Care & Stain Removal Information

Merino fabric care & stain removal information

The Sleep Store highly recommends using merino fabric for your baby and children's nightwear. The wonderful properties of merino are becoming more widely known and many children are now sleeping better as a result.

We have sourced the following information about this wonder fibre. Caring for your Merino will help it to last for longer, we've gathered together the best tips from our top Merino brands to help you look after your precious woollens. In this article we'll look at:


  • Standard Merino washing guide

  • Merino Stain Removal

  • Ink Removal

  • Facts on Merino Fibre

  • Moths & Merino

  • Moth sachet recipes

Watch Lou talk about caring for your merino

You've invested in merino swaddles, bodysuits, blankets, clothing and sleeping bags, so Lou gives you some advice to look after your merino, and things to watch out those pesky moths!

Pilling & bobbling

Pilling is a natural process that is inherent in merino fabric due to the fact that merino is a staple fiber. Generally if pilling occurs, it’s because the shorter fibers are working their way to the surface of the fabric.

The best way to avoid pilling is to wash a new garment within 3 wears. To alleviate the pilling, we suggest that you wash the garment with a coarser fabric such as denim jeans (ensure all zippers are closed). The fabric will improve over time as the shorter fibers are removed.

Thanks to Icebreaker for this information.

Care of merino fabric

Our thanks to Mokopuna merino for this excellent information about caring for your gorgeous Mokopuna merino garments! Remember to check your care label on your garment if you have another brand and always use a wool approved detergent not regular washing powder that you might use on other fabrics.

  • Turn garment inside out to wash and dry

  • Wash dark colours separately

  • Allow 5% shrinkage

  • Machine wash 40°C max, gentle wool cycle, or hand wash

  • Use wool approved detergent

  • Gentle machine spin dry

  • Do not use bleach, nappy cleansing agents, garment brighteners or fabric softeners

  • Do not soak or spot clean

  • Dry flat away from direct sunlight

  • May be tumble dried - low heat

  • May be dry cleaned

Some cream merino garments are particularly susceptible to yellowing if exposed to sunlight. Please follow our washing instructions carefully.

The Sleep Store do not take any responsibility for damaged garments due to incorrect washing detergents or procedures.

Merino stain removal

Thanks to Mokopuna for this handy information about to get all possible stains out of your Mokopuna merino garments!


White Vinegar

Can be removed completely


1. White Spirit with White Vinegar

Can be removed completely

2. White Spirit with Surgical Spirit

Can be removed completely


1. Turpentine

Will reduce the darkness of the stain, but can't be removed completely

2. White Spirit with Surgical Spirit

Will reduce the darkness of the stain, but can't be removed completely


1. Turpentine

Can be removed completely

2. Spot Clean Spray

Can be removed completely


1. Turpentine

Can be removed completely

2. Spot Clean Spray

Can be removed completely


White Vinegar

Will reduce the darkness of the stain, but may not remove stain completely

Note: Rubbing in order to remove the stain may cause pilling, deterioration and discolouration of the fabric.

Ink removal

Nail Polish Remover (Acetone)


Spot Cleaning Spray/Liquid

Stamp / Fountain Pen Ink

Ink coming out with acetone

Ink coming out with milk

Ink dissolves in spot clean liquid

White Board Marker

No reaction

Ink comig out with milk

Ink dissolves in spot clean liquid

Permanent Marker

Ink coming out with acetone

No reaction

Ink dissolves in spot clean liquid

Carbon Pen Ink

Ink coming out with acetone

No reaction

Ink dissolves in spot clean liquid

Useful Facts on Merino

Merino fibre is measured in micron. Merino fibre ranges from 13-24 micron which when you compare this with the average piece of human hair which is 60 micron then you realise just how fine Merino is. The smaller the mircon, the finer the fibre. Look for garments marked "Extra Fine" or "Super Fine" when shopping for Merino for a fabric with a soft feel that will endure.

When man was created there was one fundamental flaw; a body that was ill equipped to live in the world's varied climatic conditions. So man had to use his intellect and develop body coverings to protect himself from the harsh environment. This need has created the world's vast textile industry. Today in the modern world clothing is a huge part of our lives and is basically an outward continuation of our skin. Ideally, then, it should be as natural, close fitting and comfortable as our skin, and it should protect us against external influences of all kinds - mechanical shock friction and abrasive forces, heat and cold, rain, sun and wind.

There are now a myriad of fabrics one can choose from made from a selection of fibres. However there is only one that was designed by nature to protect the human body from the environment yet at the same time, be in harmonious unison with it. It has been around for centuries; it's Merino - nature's wonder fibre.


Holes in Merino

Did you know a single clothes moth can lay up to 200 eggs at a time and its larvae can damage your expensive woollens without you even knowing they are there.

We all hate the damage moths can do to our clothes. If you want to help avoid holes appearing in your Merino garments like the ones shown in the picture below read on.

If you're like us you and can't stand to use the toxic moth balls our friends at Babu have explored a few DIY natural and pleasant alternatives you can create to help protect your woollens and other clothing you keep stored away.


So how can you deter moths munching your Merino without using store bought moth balls and other products?

Here are several time-proven natural home remedies to try:

  • Cedar (chips, balls, planks or essential oil–cedar lined closets, drawers or trunks) Cloves Cinnamon sticks

  • Dried lavender, Dried lemon peel & Dried orange peel

  • Eucalyptus & Mint Peppercorns

  • Rosemary & Thyme

You can make bags/sachets to stash in cupboards, drawers, under beds or hang in closets out of cotton fabrics, plain cheesecloth, muslin,(our cotton packaging bags are great for this or an old muslin wash cloth) linen or clean nylons (knee highs or cut pantyhose). You could also spread dried orange and lemon peels in between clothing and linens while you’re packing them away.


Sachet Recipes:

50/50 rosemary and mint

1 part dried lavender, 1 part rosemary, 1/2 part dried lemon peel, 1 TBS cloves

1 part whole cloves, 1 part whole peppercorns, 2 – 4 cinnamon sticks broken in pieces

1 part dried lavender, 1 part dried lemon peel, 1 broken cinnamon stick

1 part cedar shavings, 1 part thyme

1 part peppermint, 1 part spearmint, 1 part rosemary, 1/2 part thyme

Equal parts ground cloves, black pepper, orris root and cinnamon

photo of DIY moth remedy thanks to babu

You can mix and match your own recipes, or just use 100% one ingredient if you like. Fill small bags/sachets to hold between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup of the herb mixture. Roughly scrunch the bags periodically to help release their smells. Refill bags once they are no longer effective or hold no aroma. Enjoy the bonus of a nice smelling closet!

Clothing Storage Tips

Clearly the best course of action is to stop the moths before they come calling. So here are some tips for when you are storing your items away:

  • Make sure you wash your merino first before storing.

  • Use airtight containers too which give that extra protection.

  • Freeze you clothes first, great way to kill larvae you can't see.

  • Store Clothing in Sealed Containers

  • Store Clothing in a Dry Place

  • Vacuum. Edges of wardrobes, drawers and behind furniture.

If you know moths have discovered your storage area, kill larvae by dry cleaning, freezing cloth items for a few days or wash then tumble in the dryer on high heat (if possible). Clean the storage area thoroughly before using again.

You can't see a moth hole general before an item is washed. Larvae chew the fibre threads and leave them weak. they snap in the wash causing the hole.

Thanks to Babu for this information plus you can find out more about how to get rid of moths naturally on this website.

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