Wool felt tabletop cleaning and care: Placemats, Trivets & Coasters

Wool felt tabletop cleaning and care: Placemats, Trivets & Coasters

Wool felt tabletop cleaning and care: Placemats, Trivets & Coasters

One of the most common questions sent from our customers is “how should I clean wool felt?”. And it’s easier than you think. Spoiler alert: mild detergent, hand wash & rinse, let air dry.

People (not us) will sometimes (constantly) assume that high performance necessarily means high maintenance. Whether it started with smartphones that are obsolete in 18 months, limited edition cars with five-figure repairs, or high fashion, some people expect to suffer for their luxury.

At Graf Lantz, we take exception to this rule: our materials are selected for enduring use. Quality design should be put to use, not put on a pedestal.  We choose our materials for refined quality and timeless design.

The merino wool felt in our tabletop series is a perfect example of these principles. Whatever the design is, cleaning is straightforward:

  1. Start with lukewarm or cool water (avoid extreme heat) and add a light detergent (e.g. Woolite).
  2. Hand wash your items, then hand rinse (squeezing or compressing is fine; just don’t  twist or wring them).
  3.  Air dry. You’re done.

Though they shouldn’t be machine washed or dried, wool felt still has an undeserved reputation for being high-maintenance. Maybe it’s our modern bias for trendy synthetics over the time-tested wool.  Before you succumb to the bias for new over proven, and for and gaudy over timeless, consider this:

Nature is an uncompromising engineer.

As a structural design, wool is the evolutionary result of many generations surviving harsh conditions.  Bioengineers continue to study wool’s unique fiber networks as they work to synthesize ultra-durable building materials. Wool fiber structure combines a core of elastic cells (for flexibility and breathability) which are shielded by a network of interwoven proteins. These networked structures allow the wool to both repel water and retain heat, while simultaneously resisting static and flame.

It’s a design that fuses strength with flexibility. That’s just our neutral, unbiased – and scientific – view of the greatest material of the last 10,000 years.

That’s why we insist on German merino wool felt: for its superior design, sustainability, and its timeless appeal. A little cleaning goes a long way for this resilient fiber.

Whether it’s in a placemat, an iPad tote, or a Kigu pocket, our merino wool designs want to be used. Put them in the office, at the dining room table, the dresser or the kitchenette – just don’t put them on a pedestal.

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  • […] Our merino fibers are sealed in the dying process to create a natural barrier against stains. Fortunately, most common stains are actually not stains at all, they are residue that has become trapped between the fine merino fibers as water moisture is pulled away by wicking. No problem, spot cleaning is easy. With a simple mix of warm water, light detergent and a little massaging, the trapped residue lifts and washes away with a thorough rinse. Remove excess moisture with an absorbent towel, lay flat and let the natural wicking process do its thing till dry. Here’s more on how to care for your felt products. […]

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