With winter now behind us, it’s time to pack away our cozy sweaters and pullovers for the season. But before you do, it’s important to give them a good wash to ensure they’re fresh and ready for next year. However, as you’re sorting through your laundry, you may accidentally toss a wool sweater in with your t-shirts, only to realize later that it’s shrunk down to half its size!
Don’t panic just yet – there may be a solution to get your favorite sweater back to its normal shape. In this article, we’ll explore some methods to re-shrink your shrunken wool sweater and restore it to its former glory.
Here are some tips on how to make a pullover bigger after washing it at too high a temperature in the washing machine.
- Stretch it while damp: After washing the pullover, lay it flat on a clean towel and gently stretch it in all directions while it’s still damp. This can help to relax the fibers and make the pullover slightly bigger.
- Soak it in a conditioner: Mix a small amount of hair conditioner with warm water and soak the pullover in the solution for about 30 minutes. Then, gently stretch the pullover in all directions while it’s still wet. Rinse it thoroughly with cold water and gently wring out the excess water.
- Use steam to relax the fibers: Hang the pullover on a hanger and use a handheld steamer to gently steam it. This can help to relax the fibers and make the pullover slightly bigger.
- Wear it with layers: If the pullover is only slightly too small, wearing it with layers can help to stretch it out over time. Layer a t-shirt or tank top underneath the pullover and wear it frequently. This can help to stretch the fibers and make the pullover slightly bigger.
- Take it to a professional: If you’re not comfortable trying to stretch the pullover yourself, you can take it to a professional tailor or dry cleaner. They may be able to stretch the pullover using a professional steaming or blocking technique.
Keep reading the care label and following the washing instructions carefully in the future to prevent shrinking your pullovers. To prevent shrinking or damage to your garment, follow the care label’s instructions if it recommends hand washing or dry cleaning. To minimize shrinkage risk, you should wash the pullover in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with cold water.