Cashmere is a super soft, yet very delicate fabric that requires extra care when it comes to cleaning and maintenance.
Here’s how to care for cashmere garments to maintain its quality and keep it in good condition for years to come:
When going to wash cashmere, always use a small amount of gentle/mild detergent. You don’t want to use any ‘heavy’ detergent on the garment as it will be too rough for the fabric fibres. You can also have the option to invest in a cashmere shampoo or even use baby shampoo.
There are several ways you can wash your cashmere garment that will keep it in good condition:
- Dry-Clean: If your cashmere garment is woven, loose knitted or stained, then this is the ideal option to get it cleaned.
- Hand Wash: Mix in a few drops of detergent/shampoo into luke-warm water and allow the knitwear to soak, gently squeezing water through the fabric.
- Machine Wash- Delicate/ Wool Cycle: Only machine wash cashmere on a delicate or wool cycle at a temperature no higher than 30°c, as it’s the most gentle on your knitwear.
Whether you hand wash or machine wash your cashmere, you should remove the excess water by laying it flat on a towel, roll the cashmere within the towel loosely and apply light pressure along the roll.
Unroll the towel, straighten out the garment if necessary and allow the cashmere to naturally dry flat. Keep it away from direct sunlight, heat and do avoid the tumble dryer.
Hanging knitwear on a clothes hanger to dry must be avoided, as the heaviness of the wet garment can cause it to stretch and ruin its original shape.
When you’re not using your cashmere knitwear, fold and store it away in your wardrobe, shelf or drawer as you normally would. Just be sure to keep it away from heat, direct sunlight, damp and dusty places.
If you’re storing your cashmere away due to a change of season, don’t store them in cardboard boxes or regular plastic bags. Instead, opt for a a zip-up breathable storage bag and store it in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Make sure it is clean before doing so!
- Pilling: Cashmere is susceptible to pilling, but you can always prevent and remove them! Simply lay your knitwear flat and gently comb the surface with a cashmere comb. This will remove loose fibres and pills.
- Removing Creases: The best way to remove creases from cashmere is by using a hand-held steamer, as the heat does not directly come into contact with the fabric.
If you need your cashmere knitwear cleaned by a quality dry-cleaner, you can book a collection with laundryheap!