Wool...It's Really Not that Scary
- Lanolize Wool before first use and as needed thereafter. Lanolin on wool neutralizes urine by turning it into salt. Simply remove, lay flat to dry, shake off and re-use. Wash if soiled or every couple weeks give or take a week depending on frequency of use. You will know when it's time. If you notice your cover is not as leak proof as before, it's time to lanolize:
- Prepare your sink with warm water. Take a small jar and add a pea sized amount of Lanolin with a drop of liquid wool wash and very hot water. Shake to completely dissolve the lanolin. Add mixture to your sink, swish to mix, then add your wool cover inside out.
- Allow the wool to soak for about 15-20 minutes, then drain allowing the lanolin rich water to run through the cover. Make sure your wash water remains relatively warm to prevent lanolin from pooling and forming spots. Dry as usual.
- Washing Wool:
- Sink Wash: Most wool washes are formulated so there is no need to rinse. Liquid wool wash is best for covers that need gentle cleaning. Fill your sink with enough lukewarm water to sufficiently cover your wool. Add a bit of liquid wool wash to your running sink water. Let your wool sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain water and gently squeeze wool. Wool wash bars are best to help remove tough stains. Fill up a sink with warm water, wet your wool and then lather wool wash bar right into the wool to get out those tough stains. Rinse immediately, drain water and gently squeeze water out of wool.
- Air Dry: Roll wool in a towel to absorb excess water. Reshape and lay flat to dry away from direct heat or sun. Drying time takes 1-2 days.