Caring for your Seljak Blanket
Merino wool is very low maintenance for a highly performing material. Wicking means merino fibre can absorb and evaporate large quantities of moisture. This is why merino is lightweight and warm when wet, quick drying, breathable, insulating and odor resistant. Additionally, the natural oils in the wool mean the material is not easily stained. Help extend your blanket’s life by following these instructions in order.
Air in the sun to freshen. Brush to remove dirt. Spot clean with soapy water. Machine wash. Lay flat to dry. Do not tumble dry. Dry cleanable.
Store your blanket
In the warmer months, store your Seljak Blanket in a cool, dry place that avoids the sunlight. A sealed plastic container is best (vacuum bags are okay but may take the spring out of your blanket).
Ensure the blanket is completely clean and dry when you pack it away, as moisture can eventually lead to the formation of mildew, and moths are attracted to grime. Airtight sealing protects against moths, which will want to lay eggs in your blankets. If you own a cedar or camphor chest, wrapping the blanket in clean dry cotton before storing works well.
If you’d like to add moth deterrents, natural options including clove, cedar or lavender will leave your blankets smelling fresher than mothballs! Note the effectiveness of these will reduce as their scent diminishes with time, so finding the right storage solution is the first port of call.
How to repair your blanket
A well-made wool blanket can last a lifetime if you take care of it. So if you get a hole in your blanket, it’s worth repairing!
Seljak Brand co-founder Karina walks us through how she mended a moth-eaten wool blanket with stitching and patching in this blog article.