Thanks to its naturally-occurring properties, Merino wool rarely needs to be washed. Its fibers have a scaly structure, which gives Merino wool both its antibacterial and “self-cleaning” characteristics. But getting things dirty happens to all of us: maybe you accidentally step in a puddle, and your Merino shoes get totally muddy. Or some coffee spills on your Merino sweater. Then, there’s only one way to get your Merino product clean: washing it.
Remember that Merino wool clothing or shoes should only be washed when it’s absolutely necessary. Otherwise, it’s usually enough just to air them out. Don’t forget to check the item’s tag to see if that particular product has any specific care recommendations.
We've walked you through how to care for and wash your Merino wool products. Want to know how to wash your Merino Runners, Merino Wool Knit, Wool Cross X or Merino Wool Boots? Here's our step-by-step guide:
Remove the footbed from your Merino shoes.
Put the shoes and the footbed—alone, without any other items—into the washing machine. We recommend using a mesh laundry bag.
Choose the “wool” wash cycle (cold water - 30°C/85°F, with a low spin speed).
Use wool detergent (without additional enzymes.) Please remember never to use bleach or fabric softener.
Air dry the shoes and footbed. Do not dry them in direct sun or by heating them. Do not put your shoes into the dryer.
Slip into your squeaky clean Merino shoes—good as new!
Because of its naturally-occurring fat “lanolin,” wool is water repellent. Just like happens with the lotus effect, water naturally pearls on wool’s surface. So, your shoes do not need to be waterproofed. If you do still want to do something extra to waterproof your Merino shoes, the best thing to use is a wool nano spray.