How to Clean Tweed

How to Clean Tweed

The Best Way to Wash and Care for Tweed Fabrics

Find out how to make the most of your Harris Tweed and how to clean tweed.

Tweed is a classic and durable fabric that can last for years with proper care. However, cleaning tweed can be a bit tricky, as it requires a gentle touch to avoid damaging the fibres. Here are some tips to help you keep your Harris Tweed bags, purses and accessories looking their best.

Understand the Nature of Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed is hand woven cloth made from pure virgin wool. Virgin wool is wool that’s never been used before. This type of wool is of higher quality that recycled wool and is stronger. Harris Tweed is strong, high quality, water repellent and durable! This means that when you invest in a Harris Tweed product, you can be confident that it will last.

Before you start cleaning your Harris Tweed, it’s important to understand their nature. Tweed is a thick, woven fabric made from wool, and it’s known for its durability and warmth. However, because of its thickness, tweed can be difficult to clean and can easily become damaged if not handled properly. It’s important to use gentle cleaning methods and avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can harm the fibres.

Use a Gentle Cleaning Method

The virgin wool used for Harris Tweed naturally repels stains, odours and creases.

However, if you do end up with a stain on your Harris Tweed, avoid harsh chemicals and cleaners – and don’t rub too hard.

Using soapy water, use a sponge or cloth to very gently rub the stain. Let the item dry flat, away from direct sunlight.

Consider Professional Cleaning for Tough Stains

If you have a particularly stubborn stain on your tweed item, take it to a professional cleaner who specializes in cleaning delicate fabrics. They will have the expertise and equipment to remove the stain without damaging the fabric. Just be sure to let them know that the item is made of Harris Tweed so they can use the appropriate cleaning methods.

Store Tweed Properly

Proper storage is key to maintaining the quality of your Harris Tweed bags and accessories. When not in use, store your Harris Tweed items in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

You can read more about how to care for and store your handbags in this blog.

Is Harris Tweed Waterproof?

Harris Tweed is naturally water repellent and hard-wearing – however it is not fully waterproof.

There are products available that can safely be used on our Harris Tweed bags, purses and accessories to make them waterproof – if you so wished.

Please ensure that you read the instructions carefully to ensure you are using a product suitable for Harris Tweed.

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