Every product is different. Many Smartwool® products are made of 100% Merino wool, while some are blended with other materials built for performance. For specific content information, check out the product’s label.
Turn your Smartwool Merino wool socks and garments inside out. Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water and add a mild detergent. Next, submerge your laundry in the soapy water and gently move them around to loosen dirt and impurities. Let everything soak for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse in clean lukewarm water until all detergent is removed, and the water runs clear. Lay socks and clothing flat on a soft towel and reshape them to air dry, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Avoid wringing or twisting your garments.
Technically, yes. But you'll want to always air-dry your Merino wool socks and apparel to keep your gear in good shape. The dryer could damage the natural performance fibers of Merino wool, or shrink your clothing and socks.
Items made of 100% wool can be ironed on a low setting. It’s best to turn the item inside out. Apparel made from a blend of wool and synthetic fibers shouldn’t be ironed. We recommend steaming them to get out any wrinkles—you can even put those garments on a hanger in the bathroom while you shower. Always check the care instructions on each garment.
Sometimes. Be sure to check the tag on the individual item. Most wool clothes can be dry-cleaned, but keep in mind that dry cleaning reduces the lifespan of any garment.
If you do get a hole or aren’t completely satisfied with your Smartwool® socks in the first two years, we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee; see link for details.
You can also send us your unwanted socks (clean pairs only, please!) and we’ll recycle them to turn them into a fresh new pair. Learn more about our sustainability efforts with the Second Cut Project.
Merino wool is a naturally durable fiber, making it less likely to pill compared to other wools. Because Merino fibers are so technical, pilling can potentially occur with improper washing and drying. That’s why we recommend gentle washing and air drying for all Smartwool® socks, apparel, and gear.
As often as you like! But we like to say the less often, the better. Merino wool is a durable, odor-resistant and moisture-wicking performance fabric that can be worn dozens of times before going in the wash. Not only do you get more adventures out of your Smartwool® gear, but you also have a lower environmental impact by washing and drying way, way less.
Some of our jackets and vests contain a DWR (durable water repellent) finish that works great to help keep you dry. An accumulation of dirt and oil over time may reduce the effectiveness of DWR, making it less water-repellent. But occasional washing will help keep your DWR working efficiently. Repeated washing can eventually wash off the DWR treatment and it may need to be reapplied after a certain number of wears and washes.