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How to Care for Cashmere

So, you’ve just gotten a new cashmere sweater: its soft, cozy and luxurious. But when it comes to caring and cleaning for your new piece you feel completely clueless and have no idea where to start. We feel you pain and have put together an easy guide for you to learn how to protect, care and store your new sweater.
Tips to make life easier for yourself and help the sweater last longer:
- Keep away for sharp or rough items, such as zips, jewelry, purses. These items can cause snags, pilling or heaven forbid holes!
- Make sure your deodorant has dried before you put on your sweater, this prevents the build up of deodorant inside, which is a huge pain to remove.
- Don’t spray perfume on your sweater, as it can stain the sweater and attract moths.
- If your sweater has any piling, just use a cashmere comb or sweater stone to gently remove. But don’t worry piling is not due to poor quality, it’s a natural feature of long fibers. Just try to avoid de-piling too often as it can lead to holes.
Treat your care cashmere with a little TLC, sadly this can’t just be thrown in the washing machine and put on a 30c wash.
Most care labels will either say dry clean or hand wash only. Even though you may feel dry cleaning is a safer option than washing it yourself, giving it the extra personal touch and hand washing will help prolong the soft texture. And don’t worry its easier to hand wash than you may think!
-Use baby shampoo or a specific cashmere detergent such as The laundress wool & cashmere shampoo .
- Wash in a clean sink or plastic basin and use lukewarm water, turn inside out before you submerge into the water.
- Make sure you don’t rub, wring or twist the fabric while washing, instead just gently squeeze the water through the fabric.
- Rinse through with lukewarm water to ensure all the detergent is removed. And remember no wring!
- Dry your item flat on a towel, under no circumstances DO NOT put in the tumble dryer, unless you want to decrease it in size 10 fold! Make sure it's allowed to dry naturally and keep away from sunlight and heaters.
A few things to consider when deciding where/how to store your sweater
- Don’t hang! A major cardinal sin that I’m sure many of us are guilty of, but hanging sweaters or anything made of cashmere will cause them to d-shape.
- The best way to store cashmere is to fold it. Ideally using acid-free tissue paper to help preserve the color and protects against dust.
- Just make sure where ever they’re being stored the area is clean and dry, its super important not to store cashmere in a damp environment.
- It’s a good idea to store them with moth balls or sachets too, as next time you pull out your favorite sweater you don’t want to find a pesky moth has had a nibble on it!

We hope you’ve pick up some useful tips to care for your cashmere, just follow our tips and it will last for many seasons to come!