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How to Take Out Wrinkles From a Merino Wool Sweater

by S.R. Becker, studioD

Merino wool sweaters are a softer alternative to traditional, scratchy fisherman's wool, with less stiffness and better drape. However, they can become wrinkled if you don't fold them neatly before storing. Ironing a wool sweater can burn the fibers and leave a sheen, but if you need to wear your sweater right away, washing it and drying it flat isn't an option. Use an alternative method to iron the wrinkles out of a merino sweater without the iron touching the fabric.

Lay the sweater flat on an ironing board. Smooth out the wrinkles by hand as much as possible.

Plug in the iron, set it to the wool or medium-hot setting and allow it to heat up. Place the iron so it is not touching the sweater as it heats.

Wet a clean, lint free hand towel with water and wring out any excess. Lay the damp towel over the wrinkled part of the sweater.

Press the iron against the towel and hold it in place for two to three seconds. Lift the iron up and set it down again. Press the entire towel in this manner. Do not rub back and forth as you normally would, as this can flatten the wool fibers.

Remove the towel from the sweater after pressing. Allow the sweater to dry before putting it on.

Items you will need
  •  Ironing board
  •  Iron
  •  Hand towel


  • If you don't have a towel, use the steam setting on your iron and hover it an inch above the sweater while pressing the steam button.

About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.

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