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    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 15th Jan 06, 6:13 PM
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    Unshrinking Jumpers
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    • 15th Jan 06, 6:13 PM
    Unshrinking Jumpers 15th Jan 06 at 6:13 PM
    When my partner washes jumpers (pure wool and others) she nearly always seems to make them shrink. She's tried many different types of detergents, including those specifically designed for woollen garments, but it makes no difference.

    Does anybody have any tips on how you can wash woollens without them shrinking?

    Or better still how you can unshrink already shrunken ones? (though I suspect that can't be done!!!).

    Thanks

    Stompa
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    • Lady_K
    • By Lady_K 17th May 09, 8:17 PM
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    Where can you buy fullers earth please?
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    Originally posted by Topher
    The cat litter I have bought before says fullers earth so thats probably what people can use, it says fullers earth and nothing else you can get it from tesco asda and most places
    Thanx

    Lady_K
    • V-S-210
    • By V-S-210 11th Jun 11, 11:55 AM
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    It's soooo sad when a jumper shrinks in the wash!! My stripy purple one has and I'm quite upset... if only there's a way of reshaping it?!!
    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 14th Oct 16, 9:55 AM
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    It’s hard to say what the problem really is now, it seems like you will have to dismantle your washing machine to detect it. But it’s not easy to do on your own; it’s really better to contact a professional. For example, these guys: https://appliancenj.com; I’ve contacted them more than once before.
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    • Slowly57
    • By Slowly57 14th Oct 16, 5:44 PM
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    When my partner washes jumpers (pure wool and others) she nearly always seems to make them shrink. She's tried many different types of detergents, including those specifically designed for woollen garments, but it makes no difference.
    Originally posted by Stompa
    It isn't the heat as much as how much agitation the washer does - the heat swells the fibre and then the agitation rubs the fibres/mashes them into felt, which causes the 'shrink'. You could try putting your shrunken garment into lukewarm water, wetting thoroughly until it relaxes and then add some hair conditioner and swish it about a bit. No wringing, gently press or roll moisture out and then reshape your garment on a non-fluffy towel, roll it up and gently squeeze. Have a look - if it has well and truly felted then there's no way back - but I've revived knitwear this way.

    Always use the wool programme and if you can wash at 0C/unheated water - then do so.

    Also
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45V09HaDbP4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQqkAHkl_kU
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 14th Oct 16, 11:37 PM
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    Slowly57 beat me to it with the towel rolling while damp - i've done it before and it has made a bit of a difference.
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    • Slowly57
    • By Slowly57 15th Oct 16, 2:25 PM
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    Kerri - rolling/blotting stuff in a towel is a brilliant way to launder something in a hurry (like if you're on hols) - if you pull the garment out flat, smooth, roll and then hang on a hanger while damp - sorted
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    • Nicki
    • By Nicki 15th Oct 16, 5:46 PM
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    I've got a couple of jumpers which have shrunk so am going to try the fillers earth trick. I've ordered a bag online for less than a fiver and if it doesn't work apparently it also makes great face packs and bath salts!

    I'll try and remember to post some before and after pics when it arrives and I've tried it out. I mean of the jumpers not my complexion that is
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