You have purchased an expensive, super soft and luxurious cashmere item, and now it’s time to wash it. Follow this guide to avoid damaging the fabric and help keep it in the best shape possible.
There are many different ways to washing cashmere, but for best results pop your cashmere garment into the washing machine, but only if the label states that the fabric is “machine washable”. If it is, set your washing machine to a hand wash or gentle cycle, if this is not an option on your machine, place your cashmere inside a pillowcase, close the pillowcase and set it in for a cold wash. This will prevent the fabric from getting damaged, shrinking and losing its original shape.
If your cashmere label states that it is not machine washable, simply hand wash your garment by pouring cool water into a bowl or a sink and mixing in the appropriate detergent. Gently massage with your fingertips, rinse and repeat where necessary. Allow to soak for around 10 minutes.
REMEMBER: Always wash your garments inside out.
When washing your cashmere, always make sure the detergent you use is suitable for the fabric. Investing in a specialised detergent will help you maintain the quality of the fabric and avoid unnecessary damage.
Unlike other clothing items, no type of wool should ever be dried on a hot radiator! This may cause the excess moisture to heat up and cause your delicate garment to shrink. This being said, never tumble dry your cashmere either!
To safely dry your beautiful cashmere jumper or any other cashmere item, simply lay it flat on a towel and let it air dry, this will stop it from losing its desired shape. If your garment was hand washed, gently press the water out, lay it flat on a dry towel and roll it up whilst pressing with your palms, avoid twisting and squeezing, which will cause the garment to stretch and wrinkle. Once dry, fold with tissue paper to absorb any excess moisture.
Storing cashmere is like storing any other item of clothing, but you have to take moths into consideration. To prevent your garment from getting damaged, use moth repellents or natural products such as rosemary.
For extra protection store your cashmere in a zip-up bag.