CARING FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL CASHMERE
People always ask me how I care for my cashmere. I’m here to tell you that it’s not as difficult as you think! If taken care of properly your cashmere pieces will last forever.
WASH GARMENTS AT HOME FOR THE SOFTEST CASHMERE
Personally, I don’t recommend dry cleaning. Your cashmere will stay must softer if you hand wash it. Use a baby shampoo or a specialist cashmere shampoo with lukewarm water. Soak for at least 10 minutes and then swirl your knitwear around. Just be gentle and avoid pulling at the knit too much as it will stretch and lose shape.
KEEP YOUR CASHMERE IN SHAPE WHILE IT DRIES
After washing gently squeeze out the excess water - NEVER wring or twist! Arrange the garment into its proper shape and wrap your cashmere in a towel to get rid of the excess water. Unwrap and leave to dry on a flat surface with a towel underneath it.
DEAL WITH PILLING USING YOUR COMPLIMENTARY COMB
Contrary to popular belief, pilling on cashmere is neither a sign of poor quality nor a design fault. Pilling is a natural characteristic of the yarn and can be easily removed using a good quality cashmere comb or brush. Please be gentle and do not de-pill more than necessary as damage can occur. Once pilling has been removed after a few washes, you will notice the garment becomes softer to handle and touch and will pill less. When cared for, cashmere actually improves with age.
Try to keep your cashmere clean while in storage. Moths just love cashmere that’s not clean… I love the Laundress Wool and Cashmere spray as it removes odour between wears and adds a gorgeous scent, which is also a natural moth repellant. I always recommend hanging mothballs in your wardrobe. An effective organic alternative is to hang some rosemary in your wardrobe. Another tip is to fold and store your cashmere in a cotton dust bag or pillow case rather than hanging it. Hangers can disfigure your knitwear so be cautious !!