So the Arizona State Fair Grand Champion Romney fleece has been laying all alone it her big plastic bag. Most of it I sent of to the mill along with some Cotswold lamb and some Shetland fleeces. I kept back a wee bit to clean and card myself. So here are a few pictures of this glorious fleece before washing.
So the next step is too fill up a basin with REALLY hot water, but not too hot or the fleece can felt.
As it fills I add a cleaning agent that is totally safe for the environment and separates the grease (lanolin) and dirt from the fleece.
After that I put the fleece slowly into the water.
Then the fleece is slowly, totally submerged.
The next step is to let it sit for a long time so the wash solution can go to work and "take the grease out of your way."
About 5 rinses later I remove the fleece from the rinse, spread it out a little and let it start to dry. Pictures coming soon!