Will Dry Heat Harm Wool Clothing?

Will dry heat harm wool clothing? Following a bedbug infestation, I would like to use the dryer to be sure bugs and eggs are dead, but I do not want to harm the clothes.

mcgurkh from NYC

July 28, 20070 found this helpful

I'm not sure what you mean by 'dry heat'. I do know that you can't put wool sweaters in the dryer, they'll shrink up to the size of a small dog. Best of lucky with your problem.

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July 28, 20070 found this helpful

Put them in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer for a couple of days. The freezing temps should kill the bugs and their eggs.

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July 28, 20070 found this helpful

If the wool is dry, the heat shouldn't hurt it but if it is wet, it will shrink.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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July 29, 20070 found this helpful

I'd look on the internet for suggestions/solutions, AND I'd call a GOOD dry cleaner about it because it's wool and they should KNOW all about it. Sorry your're having this problem. I'd NEVER place anything infested with bugs/eggs in MY dryer, or I'd risk FURTHER infestation in other things should they not die. They are likely in your mattresses, upholstered furniture or linens, MORE than in the clothing. Make certain those things are VACUUMED well, sprayed with an organic repellent, then spray only your drawers/closet floors, unless you know for certain they are in your clothes, too. Good luck and God help you.

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