Long ago, alpaca fiber was reserved for royalty and was called the “gold of los Andes”. Today, it is sold in several ways. Alpaca, one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, is a jewel among all other synthetic fibers and harsh materials found in our everyday lives. The world of high fashion recognizes alpaca for its natural attributes: its fineness, durability,hypoallergenic and lightweight qualities. Alpaca comes in 24 shades of naturally occurring fiber as alpacas range from white through all shades of grey and brown to black.
Hand-washing is the gentlest method of cleaning an alpaca garment. Follow these four steps and your purchase will give your four legged companion years of luxurious comfort and wear.
1. Gently wash in warm water with a mild soap or shampoo and thoroughly rinse in water of the same temperature. Special care must be taken as wet alpaca fabric can weaken and stretch out of shape. Never wring or twist. Gently press excess water from garment.
2. Lay it on a dry towel. Ease the garment back into shape and roll up in the towel. Press to remove excess water and repeat this step with a second towel.
3. Lay the sweater flat to dry on a fresh, dry towel, until thoroughly air dried.
4. Never hang an alpaca sweater as it will stretch the garment out of shape. Lay flat in a drawer or on a shelf.
If stains persist: Dry cleaning may be the only solution. We do not recommend machine washing. In the event you decide to use washing machine please secure the garment in a tied pillowcase and set on gentle cycle; cool water. Do not use drying machine.
Stain Cleaning Instructions
Coffee: Wash in warm water and soft detergent; then treat the residual stain with solvent.
Ink: Absorb with baby powder, soak area with lemon juice and water and then with alcohol.
Red Wine: Wash in cold water, then soak with lemon juice and water.
White Wine: Wash in clean water and soft detergent
Liqueur: Wash with soft detergent in warm water.
Grease: Treat with solvent
Lipstick: Treat with alcohol
Make up: Wash with solvent, then with shampoo
Chocolate: Wash with delicate detergent and then with solvent.
Perfume: Wash with glycerin and alcohol.
Sweat: Wash in hot water, mixed with a small quantity of ammonia, white vinegar and then rinse with oxygenated water.
Sauce: Treat first with delicate detergent in warm water and rinse with solvent
Tea: Wash in warm water and delicate detergent. Leave drying between two towels.