Cashmere is one of the most luxurious and coveted fabrics in the world. It's soft, warm, lightweight, and durable. But it also requires some special care to keep it in good shape and prevent pilling, shrinking, or fading. Here are some tips from CH Cashmere on how to care for your cashmere sweaters and make them last for years.
Wash Your Cashmere by Hand
Cashmere is a delicate fiber that can be damaged by machine washing or dry cleaning. The best way to wash your cashmere is by hand, using cold water and a gentle detergent or shampoo. Fill a basin with water and add a small amount of detergent. Turn your sweater inside out and submerge it in the water. Gently squeeze the water throught the fabric, but do not rub, twist, or wring it. Rinse with clean water until no soap remains. You can also use a mesh laundry bag to protect your cashmere from snagging or stretching in the washing machine, but only use the gentle or wool cycle and cold water.
Dry Your Cashmere Flate
Never put your cashmere in the dryer, as this can cause shrinkage, felting, or pilling. Instead, lay your sweater flat on a clean towel and roll it up to squeeze out the excess water. Do not wring or twist it. Then, unroll the towel and lay your sweater flat on a drying rack or another clean towel. Reshape it to its original dimensions and let it air dry away from direct heat or sunlight.
Store Your Cashmere Properly.
Cashmere is prone to moth damage, so you should always store your sweaters in a cool, dry, and dark place. You can use cedar blocks, lavender sachets, or mothballs to repel moths, but to not place them directly on the fabric. You can also fold your sweater and place them in zippered plastic bags or cotton pillowcases to protect them from dust and insects. Never hang your cashmere sweaters, as this can stretch them out of shape.
Brush Your Cashmere Regularly
Cashmere can develop pills or fuzz balls over time, especially in areas where there is friction, such as under the arms or around the neck. To remove them, you can use a cashmere comb, a sweater stone, or a lint shaver. Gently brush the surface of your sweater with one of these tools without damaging the fabric. You can also use a lint roller or tape to remove any lint or hair from your sweater.
Treat Stains as Soon as Possible
If you spill something on your cashmere sweater, blot it with a clean cloth or paper towel immediately. Do not rub or scrub the stain, as this can spread it or scrub the stain, as this can spread it or make it worse. Then, wash your sweater as soon as possible following the instructions above. If the stain is stubborn, you can use a stain remover that is safe for wool or cashmere, but test it on an inconspicuous area first.
Cashmere is a wonderful fabric that can keep you warm and cozy in the Winter and cool and comfortable in the Summer. It is also versatile and timeless, so you can wear it with any outfit and for any occasion. By following these simple steps, you can keep your cashmere sweaters soft and beautiful for years to come.