Alpaca products can last a lifetime if cared for properly. Some alpaca garments dating back over 2,000 years have been found to still be in good condition today. Caring for your alpaca garments and home décor items with love means that they’ll be there to lend warmth and comfort for years to come.

Each item may be pure baby alpaca, or a blend of other fibers – i.e. silk. Always check the tag to ensure you are treating the garment or article properly.

Caring for Alpaca:

The easiest answer here is natural / green dry clean. Natural or green dry cleaning is becoming more and more popular, which is what we recommend – on multiple fronts. It is environmentally friendly, as well as for the garment, and ultimately gentler on what matters most – You.

Dry cleaners in general have adopted methods that are less toxic and we hope this trend will continue.

If you must hand wash and air dry your item, please use great care. Our policy is to dry clean to best maintain the integrity of the garment. We are not responsible for issues relating to hand washing, machine washing or otherwise.

The Do Not’s

  • Do not machine wash
  • Do not use soap or heavy detergent
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not wring
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not dry in direct sunlight

The Do’s (if you must hand wash)

  • Use a gentle detergent
  • In lieu of wringing the garment, gently roll it inside a doubled up towel to capture excess moisture
  • Lay flat, reshape to its original size and shape – in a well ventilated area
  • Iron / steam with care

Alpaca fur or fur trimmed items:

Wipe any soiled areas with damp cloth and allow to air dry. Natural or green dry clean recommended.

The Do Not’s

  • Do not machine wash
  • Do not use soap or heavy detergent
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not wring
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not dry in the sun

The Do’s

  • Air dry
  • Brush item gently, fluff fur to free dust
  • Dry clean

Storing Your Alpaca

Items are best kept folded (not hung)

Although alpaca is not typically moth’s favorite, they will eat away at your alpaca item (especially if it is stored near wool or cashmere, which moths prefer).

It’s a good idea to keep moths away rather than have an item ruined so we prefer natural repellents like cedar chips or nuggets. Even lavender bundles. Leave the moth balls for someone else. Keep it natural.

Socks

This is the easy one. Gently hand wash in cold water. We recommend that you turn them inside out to avoid pilling. Never bleach. Lay flat or hang dry in a well ventilated area.

Just remember – the better you take care of your alpaca, the better (and longer) it will take care of you.