An in-depth look at the hand scouring process
Prepped Fleece for Scouring
After the fleece has been tumbled, it is inspected as it is put into bags for the hand scouring process. Each bag will have been weighed to have between 2 to 2.5lbs.
A closer look at the fiber. Lots of dirt and unwanted organic matter in there.
The fleece is scoured 2 to 3 times depending on how dirty it is.
Dirt Left After the First Scour
The dirt from the first scour is very visible after draining the sinks.
The fleece needs to be as clean as it can be before it is processed. Look at the difference from the first scour to the end rinse.
The fleece is then placed on drying racks. Such a difference! If the fleece is still dirty, it will be picked, then tumbled and washed again if needed.