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Why do my wool pants go shiny on the knees?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I've bought 2 suits recently, both fairly decent, standard work suits (1 boss and 1 burberry) - they are only 4-5 months old, both 100% wool. I've noticed the knees are starting to get a sheen to them under certain light conditions. Is this normal? Does wool behave this way? Is it because I cross my legs when sitting?

Strange.
post #2 of 16
On your knees a lot?
post #3 of 16
Taks pants off before servicing!
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Only on a weekend, and I always drop 'em before commencing activities.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by bigt View Post
I've bought 2 suits recently, both fairly decent, standard work suits (1 boss and 1 burberry) - they are only 4-5 months old, both 100% wool. I've noticed the knees are starting to get a sheen to them under certain light conditions..

This thread isn't going to end well. Are they black?
post #6 of 16
Seriously...how do you press your pants???
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
I know - I left myself wide open for this...(another spin-off?) One pair navy blue, one pair charcoal.
post #8 of 16
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I know - I left myself wide open for this...(another spin-off?)

One pair navy blue, one pair charcoal.

Do you iron directly on the material?
post #9 of 16
Don't iron your wool pants; steam them. And for God's sake, hang them up after you wear them, don't leave them crumpled up in the corner.
post #10 of 16
If you do iron them, place a handkerchief on the area that you are ironing! Never directly on them!
post #11 of 16
Wool does tend to develop a shine, usually the elbows of jackets are the first place to do so. It is a possibility that crossing your legs a lot could shine the knees faster than usual.

You can try removing the shine by pressing through a damp press cloth.
post #12 of 16
Given that both the suits you mention are of a decent quality they really shouldn't be 'ageing' in this way. Are they perhaps are very fine wool 180s or above?

In any case it's evident that you need to take measures to mitigate any further shine. The shine is caused by the tiny woollen fibres becoming compacted or crushed. Regular brushing of the fabric will help prevent this particularly if coupled with steaming every so often. It's important to let the wool as a natural fabric to rest inbetween wears, so I'd recommend rotating the suits and not wearing on consecutive days. It is also helpful when dealing with wool pants to hang them up by the cuff - this prevents the ballooning that often affects the knee area as a stress point for the wool. Hanging them up upside down, as it were, help the fibres to return and retain their shape better!

Hope that helps
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
No dont iron, and the dry cleaners probably use a steam press. Sheen is isolated to the knees, where I cross my legs - no doubt this the reason, though I wouldnt have expected this after only a few months. The wool is super 100's. I'll try brushing and light steaming - see what happens. Thanks guys.
post #14 of 16
....Because you spend too much time on them....I won't suggest a reason why *cough, cough* "queer" *cough*
post #15 of 16
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....Because you spend too much time on them....I won't suggest a reason why *cough, cough* "queer" *cough*

Meathead.
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