The start of the most amazing blog series you will ever want to read.....How to take care and fix that woven wrap of yours!
Washing your Woven Wrap
We see questions like this all the time on the babywearing forums. Is this normal? Is this safe? Can I fix this? How do I fix this? What in the world is this? Is this considered a flaw? Well, I'm going to do a whole series with step by steps instructions. Let's squash the myths out there surrounding all of this. Let's hold each others hands as we learn.
1- Caring/washing your woven wrap
2- How to fix Thread Shifting in your woven wrap
3- How to fix a Pull in a woven wrap
4- How to fix a Broken Thread in a woven wrap
5- Is this normal? In this blog we will go over the definition of a flaw. What is considered a flaw in the babywearing world. And we will discuss skipped threads, tie off's/weaver knots, flaws and second quality.
We did an amazing blog post before called "What to expect with your Woven Wrap", please start reading here. This has some great photos to show you what could be the issue with your woven wrap. Once you find out which issue your woven is having you will be able to navigate better to what it is you need to focus on fixing.
Woven wraps are simply, just pieces of cloth. Fabric can take a beating, some better then others. You have so many different fibers, which hold a different strength.
First and foremost with your new woven you will want to make sure you wash per the washing instructions of the manufacturer. These directions will vary by company so please make sure you read the booklet that comes with the wrap. If you bought on the secondary market, make sure you check their web-site for washing directions.
When washing you will want to use a liquid only detergent and one that is free of optical brighteners . A few examples would be: Vaska Scent Free, Seventh Generation Delicate care, Ecos, and Planet. Please do not use any type of fabric softener either in the washing machine or in the dryer (sheets) if you are drying. If the wrap is of a blend that can be placed in the dryer then set for the lowest setting of heat. This will allow for the least amount of shrinkage possible. You will see to lay flat as with wool and silk blends (sometimes Bamboo as well). Hang to dry then fluff in the dryer on no heat/low heat (cotton/linen/hemp). Please double check the blend to see if it can be placed in the dryer. Use caution when drying outside. This should be done in the shade to prevent sun fading in your colored wrap. Another tip: Keep an eye on where you store your wraps while out in about. You do not want them to sit in a sun spot and fade.
**Wool and Silk should always be laid flat to dry. These fibers are very delicate and while wet with water and hung, it will stretch these fibers and they will become weaker faster. It is recommended you lay flat to dry.