Make Your Socks Last Longer: Care Instructions

April 19, 2017

Make Your Socks Last Longer: Care Instructions

We hear from customers all the time that they’ve had their Wigwams for years! While we pride ourselves on knitting a high quality, durable product, there are a few things you can do at home to make your socks last this long too.

 Use these care instructions to wear your Wigwams for as long as possible.


 General Sock Care

  • Keep toenails trimmed to prevent holes.
  • If storing for an extended period of time, lay socks flat to retain their shape.
  • Keep socks separated with like-colored laundry, especially for the first few washes.
  • Wash socks in a garment bag to prevent lost socks.
  • Do not use fabric softener in any Wigwam style that is classified as moisture-moving. Over repeated use, liquid fabric softener will cause the sock not to wick as it was designed.
  • Do not dry clean socks.
  • Do not iron socks.
  • Do not bleach socks.


Washing Socks by Material

  • Wool Socks


A wide variety of casual and hiking socks contain Merino wool. Wool socks should be washed on a gentle cycle with warm water. Turn socks inside out for the wash and tumble dry on low heat. We recommend using a mild soap, and refraining from using fabric softener or bleach.


  • Acrylic Socks

Most running socks and cycling socks are at least partially acrylic. Luckily, acrylic socks are simple to care for. Using a mild detergent and the gentle cycle are still recommended, but not necessary. To extend their lifespan even more, wash socks inside-out in a garment bag.


  • Nylon Socks

Many classic sock styles contain nylon. Nylon socks should be washed in cold water with other Nylon clothing to prevent pilling. An all-purpose detergent will suffice, but we still recommend washing them on a gentle cycle, possibly in a small garment bag.


Storing Wool Socks

For storing your Merino wool socks in the off season, start with clean socks. Pests are attracted to soiled wool, so storing them clean is the best practice. Balling and folding up socks for storage isn’t recommended for any Wigwams, as the shape can be compromised, so lay socks flat on top of one another.

Ideally, you should keep your wool socks in an airtight container, like a plastic tub with a lid. Cedar or cedar chips may also help protect them.