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CARE GUIDE

The most direct lever to decrease the amount of waste and pollution in the fashion industry is to increase the average number of times clothes are worn, thus extending their lives as much as possible. To wear and use them more often and buy less new pieces instead.

The foundation for a long and happy life of a garment is to care for it and treat it with love. The same way you would look after your friends and beloved ones.

No worries. We have your back and created an easy-to-follow care guide for your mamelo product. This will support you in keeping your mamelo beautiful, fresh and in good order.


 

HOW DO I WEAR MY MAMELO?

Enjoy your mamelo as much as possible and take it with you on every adventure. Seriously, we mean it! Every mamelo is made of the strongest, most durable fibers and crafted to support your little one in exploring the world. And it´s supposed to resist almost every challenge that comes along with this. No matter if it´s a joyful roll in dirt or sand, some ice cream drops or spilled out milk. These are easy fixes. All you need to do is follow our wash and care instructions and your mamelo will be clean again in no time - ready for its next adventure.

However, a little mindfulness definitely helps to keep your mamelo beautiful and in good order. Sharp and spiky objects like thorns or gluey surfaces like Velcro’s or duct tape are enemies of most fibers. If your mamelo should get in contact with one of the aforementioned it´s important to stay calm and cool. It´s better to think twice and rather cut the thornbush or let the Velcro stick a little longer to your mamelo than overreacting, risking a hole or ladder.

 

PILLING

Pilling is the formation of fuzzy balls on the surface of wool clothes and a common effect caused by the natural, hairy fibers. Even though we use the most valuable and durable merino wool with an anti-pilling finish, it cannot be fully avoided. The reason is the rubbing during wear and, although it can occur in any parts of the garment, the most common areas are around the elbows, armpits, sleeves, belly, the sides of the sweater and hips where, during wear, the arms of the garment are constantly coming into contact with the body of the garment.

 

HOW TO HANDLE PILLING?

We recommend, if pilling occurs, to rather remove the little, fuzzy balls on a regular base than waiting for the pilling gets very obvious and strong.

The best way to remove pilling is to use a small battery-operated pill and lint removal device known as either “de-pillers” or “fabric shavers”. They are very effective at removing pills, giving your mamelo an as-new look after the treatment. Please do not pull or cut the pills as you might risk making it even worse or pulling out threads.

 

HOW TO HANDLE LADDERS?

A ladder is a vertical strip of unraveled wool threads leading to a hole. A ladder can occur when your knitted mamelo got in contact with a sharp or spiky object such as thorns or sharp branches. Also here: stay calm, take the garment off your child, take it home and have a look at our mending guide. Here you´ll find a handy step by step instruction on how to fix ladders best. In case you don´t feel comfortable doing it on your own or simply just don´t have time and nerves for it we suggest to ask the granny or the next tailor or alteration shop for help.

 

HOW DO I CLEAN MY MAMELO BEST?

Great news! Cleaning your mamelo is uncomplicated and easy. Merino wool is a very durable and easy-to-care for fiber that can, under the right conditions, be washed in the washing machine.

In general, it´s best to wash your mamelo as little as possible. Wool is by nature self-cleaning and odor repellant due to its wool grease lanolin. If your mamelo needs a cleaning please follow the care instruction below. You find it on the backside of the neck label too. This ensures that your mamelo obtains its soft touch and shape.

  1. First things first: Equip yourself with a neutral and mild wool detergent which is free of enzymes, chlorines and bleachers to protect and keep the natural wool grease (lanolin) on the fiber.
  2. Turn your mamelo inside out and put it in the washing net we provided you. Please be sure to fasten the strings well with a strong knot.
  3. Put it in the washing machine. If you have other wool clothes in similar colors which need to be cleaned please add them. By doing so you reduce your carbon footprint and help save water and energy. In case your washing machine doesn´t have a wool cycle or you prefer to wash your woolen clothes by hand you can for sure do this. Just make sure you don´t rub your mamelo. It likes a gentle and soft treatment.
  4. Select the wool cycle, max. 30° at low spin-dry.  What makes the fiber shrink and break is first and foremost the spin-dry. We recommend spin-drying your mamelo at 400 rotations per minute.
  5. Fill in the wool detergent and press the start button.
  6. Once the washing machine has done its magic, remove the washing net and get your cleaned mamelo out.
  7. Get a large towel, lay your wet mamelo straight down and roll it. Let it rest for 10 to 30 minutes before you unroll it again. Do not wrench your mamelo. It can lead to broken fibers and an unwanted shape.
  8. Finally put the towel on a drying rack, find a place at a pleasant temperature and lay your mamelo straight down. Please ensure that it lies fully on the rack to keep the shape. Avoid direct sunlight as it can dry out the fiber making it brittle and broken.
  9. After a few hours, depending on the room temperature, your mamelo will be clean, fresh and ready again for exploring.

 

HOW DO I STORE MY MAMELO?

The best friend of any woolen garment is a dark and dry place without direct sunlight.

To keep the shape of your mamelo store it flat on a shelf. By hanging it the fibers will stretch out, unpleasant bumps will occur and it will lose its shape.

The biggest enemy of any woolen garment are moths. Unfortunately clothes moths like wool as much as we do for their babies and lay their eggs preferably on natural, hairy fibers which will nourish their larva’s. The result of hungry larva’s are unpleasant holes. To avoid these unwelcomed flat mates, you can simply put a piece of cedar wood or a bag with lavender close to your mamelo in the wardrobe. They can´t stand the smell of these two scents.