The two main concerns I have seen are being afraid of felting and that it is hard to wash (don't have time to handwash). Felting only occurs with agitation and temperature change. In other words, if you put this in the wash on hot with an extra spin cycle, it will start to felt. Avoid this, and you are all set. The other important factor is using a soap that is formulated for wool, such as Eucalan, or a gently baby shampoo. Do not use woolite or other detergents as you risk felting with these.
As far as washing goes, some people have a wool setting they use with great success. I, like many others, do not have that option. Even if I did, I would be hesitant. I heave heard stories of felting happening even when using this setting. I am not sure if it is due to the spin cycles or some wraps being more sensitive, but I would keep this in mind before tossing your wrap in there. All that said, handwashing is honestly a breeze! I have never found it to be all that time consuming. Another thing to keep in mind is that you really do not need wash all that much. Wraps are not like clothes where you need to wash after every wear. I spot clean and wash as needed.
Now let me show you how easy it is! This sample from Maya Wrap came just in time for this post.
Let's get started.
1) Fill your tub with warm water. Alternatively you can use a clean container that is large enough for the wool to spread out and move freely in the water.
2) Next, add your wool wash. 1 tsp per gallon. I honestly just eyeball it. You don't need much. I use Eucalan because I am lazy and do not want to do the extra rinse step.
3) After you have gone through your Facebook feed and the tub is filled, add your wrap. Push it down to submerge it fully.
4) You are all set and done for now. You have thirty minutes to go feed your children, read them a few books, or do whatever it is you need to do.
5) After thirty minutes, return to the beautiful wrap. Push the wrap back away from the drain and pull the plug. If you are using Eucalan, like me, it doesn't need to be rinsed so skip the rinsing steps (7 and 8).
6) Carefully press down on the wrap with your hands to remove excess water, lift wrap out carefully supporting all its weight, you don't want a heavy wet sagging bit to put stress on the wrap.
7) Refill the tub with the same temp water of what you just drained. Lay wrap back in rinse water and let sit for another 30 mins or so.
8) Repeat steps 5 and 6 without refilling tub this time.
(I have no pictures for the above as my hands were wet.)
9) Find all the clean towels in your house. Some are fine with one towel. I like to use three. Two together and one in the middle.
12. Lay flat to dry. Ways to do this could be laying it across your table, putting towels down to lay the wrap down to dry on the couch our your bed. Alternatively you can drape it across chairs or something similar. You just want it evenly spaced. A wonderful option is using 10 hangers across your shower rod.
13. Enjoy wrap!
That's all there is to it! It's really not hard or scary. I hope I have helped put any of your fears at ease.