Washing Alpaca: How to Clean and Care for Alpaca Garments

When it comes to your alpaca garments, we know you’ve made an investment and you want to take the best care of that investment. Here’s a brief overview of how to clean all of your favorite alpaca items from Shabby Alpaca. Washing alpaca garments and items is simple![/fusion_text][fusion_text]Before we get into how to clean and care for alpaca items, we need to say this: they probably don’t need to be cleaned as often as you think!

Alpaca fiber is a naturally an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and odor-resistant fiber. This means that alpaca doesn’t get as dirty as other garments might get. Alpaca fur (and therefore the fiber) does not contain lanolin, nor does the fiber have scales that can trap dirt and debris. Another reason alpaca does not need to be cleaned often is that usually alpaca garments are outer-wear. Most alpaca garments aren’t worn close to the skin besides socks (which we will cover below), so body odors don’t generally affect your alpaca garments. That being said, we know that outer garments are the most prone to stains and spills, so here is how to care for your alpaca wear.

The most important thing to know when washing your alpaca garment is that it is agitation and heat that shrink and destroy the fiber. If you use hot or warm water- your garment will shrink! If you use agitation- your garment will shrink!


Cleaning & care of garments made with alpaca

  • Alpaca sweaters can be hand washed in cool water with a gentle detergent or shampoo. Woolite is not reccomended
  • Lay flat on a towel to remove excess moisture and reshape
  • Dry flat- do not hang dry
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Alpaca can be washed in front load washers on cold, gentle cycle
  • Do not use bleach
  • Do not agitate or wring alpaca garments
  • May be ironed on low heat if needed
  • Do not dry in the sun
  • Dry clean
  • For spot cleaning, use a small amount of gentle detergent and cool water to spot clean

Cleaning & care of alpaca stuffed animals and bears

  • Wipe soiled area with a damp cloth
  • No soap
  • Allow to air dry, do not place in dryer
  • Do not dry in the sun
  • Gently brush animal and shake to fluff the fur and remove dust
  • Dry Cleaning acceptable

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Cleaning and care of alpaca socks

We hate to make this so simple, but since most alpaca socks (and all the socks Shabby sells) are a blend, caring for them is a snap!

  • Wash in cold water
  • Tumble dry low
  • Socks will shrink a little bit and may naturally felt, but this is normal and expected. To avoid this, wash in cold water and line dry

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