I’ve recently started to finish my second Main Squeeze cardigan, this is a garment that was intended to be a gift for a family member’s upcoming birthday, who lives a distance away. As I add the finishing touches, I can’t help but feel like I must sanitize the garment before having it delivered. Both myself and recipient are in good health, but I still worry since she is in her 70’s. We both live in towns with cases of the coronavirus within the same state, and both our households are practicing self-isolation.
The yarn I used for the sweater Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease, 80% Acrylic 20% Wool. The laundry symbols say the yarn can be washed in temps up to 100F with any solvent, as well as a tumble dry cycle. Surfing the web in search of answers for the proper way to disinfect clothing from viruses recommend very hot water (140F optimal temp), with a disinfectant product and high-heat drying cycle.
Any advice on how to disinfect a knitted garment without damaging the texture/color of the yarn? Am I better off isolating the sweater and postponing sending it for a couple months? If I were to bring up my concerns with my family member, she would likely tell me to take a “chill pill” But in reality I would rather be safe than sorry