Rescuing a 100% wool sweater, has anyone tried it?

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I bought a 100% wool jumper off vinted, online it looked amazing but when it arrived it seems like it's been washed in hot water or on wrong cycle. It's not completely shrunk and felted, just stiff and scratchy. Has anyone tried following goggle'd instructions to revive badly handled wool?
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  • DullGreyGuy
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    Maybe easier if you ask about specific instructions you are curious about or just generally ask for advices?

    Personally, wash it (machine wool or hand) inside out with some very good non-biological wool detergent. If handwashing then let it soak for 5 minutes before.

    Dry flat away from heat sources, if you think it has shrunk in places you can gently stretch it as its drying  
  • London_1
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    try Stergene liquid, and hand wash or Lux soap flakes or Dreft if its still sold, but I would definitely hand wash it and dry gently. I still have the remains of a box of Dreft from several years ago in my cupboard :) 

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  • Ef79
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    Once wool is felted it’s felted. There’s probably nothing you can do.
  • Katiehound
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    You can't un-felt it but perhaps washing it in something like Woolite & using a fabric softener  would make it softer.  
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  • DullGreyGuy
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    Ef79 said:
    Once wool is felted it’s felted. There’s probably nothing you can do.
    They said its not felted
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    Fill a washing up bowl / sink with cool water, add 2 caps of hair conditioner & swirl to mix. Lay sweater in water, ensuring all soaking wet. Leave for 24 hours. Tip out water, rinse in cold water and gently squeeze - DO NOT WRING. Lay out on a towel, roll up to soak excess water, unroll & pull to shape / size. Dry flat.
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  • DigSunPap
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    Bought my other half a woollen sweater a few years back and had this same problem. More hassle than what its worth so decided to stay away since then.
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