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Why do my wool pants go shiny on the knees?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by thecentennial, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. thecentennial

    thecentennial Senior member

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    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.
     
  2. bellyhungry

    bellyhungry Senior member

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    On your knees a lot?
     
  3. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    Taks pants off before servicing!
     
  4. thecentennial

    thecentennial Senior member

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    Only on a weekend, and I always drop 'em before commencing activities.
     
  5. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    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?
     
  6. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    Seriously...how do you press your pants???
     
  7. thecentennial

    thecentennial Senior member

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    I know - I left myself wide open for this...(another spin-off?)

    One pair navy blue, one pair charcoal.
     
  8. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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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?
     
  9. bleachboy

    bleachboy Senior member

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    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.
     
  10. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    If you do iron them, place a handkerchief on the area that you are ironing! Never directly on them!
     
  11. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    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.
     
  12. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    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
     
  13. thecentennial

    thecentennial Senior member

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    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.
     
  14. KingOfTheForum

    KingOfTheForum Senior member

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    ....Because you spend too much time on them....I won't suggest a reason why *cough, cough* "queer" *cough*
     
  15. alliswell

    alliswell Senior member

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    ....Because you spend too much time on them....I won't suggest a reason why *cough, cough* "queer" *cough*

    Meathead.
     
  16. GasparddeColigny

    GasparddeColigny Senior member

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    The elephant in the room and late to the party! This is not your day!
     

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