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How to care for your cashmere

Posted on April 13, 2015 by The Cashmere Choice | London

Cashmere is a delicate and luxury fabric. Treat your cashmere with love and care to keep it in perfect condition. Here is how...


Cashmere fibres naturally undergo shedding, which is when fluff builds up on the cashmere. It is caused by wearing and washing, though is not a sign of inferior quality. Pilling can be removed easily by hand, or using a cashmere comb. 

When using a cashmere comb, laying out your clothing piece evenly, gently smooth the comb over the affected area to remove pill balls.

How to wash cashmere

Cashmere can be hand-washed or dry-cleaned. Hand washing is the best way to keep cashmere looking new and in top condition.


  1. Bathe the garment in a sink/container of tepid water mixed with shampoo and leave to soak for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Gently squeeze foam through the fabric. The cashmere should not be rubbed, stretched or wrung. Make sure not to use hot water as it will cause your sweaters to shrink.
  3. Rinse several times in lukewarm water.
  4. Press out any surplus water and lay the garment flat on a towel.
  5. Be sure not to hold up a wet piece of cashmere by its shoulders, as this will cause stretching. Keep your cashmere in a lump when you pick it up when wet, fully supported by your hands. Alternatively, if the garment is suitable for machine washing, a short, light spin in a washing machine will remove most of the water.
  6. Smooth the garment out into its natural shape and leave it to dry.
  7. Cashmere should be left to dry naturally, kept away from heat sources.
  8. When dry, press lightly with a cool iron to remove any creases.

How to store cashmere:

To keep your cashmere looking pristine, it is important to care for it between washing and wearing. Moths are detrimental to most garments made of natural fibres, causing the fabric to wear. Moths are attracted to natural fibers, especially those that are stained or unclean.

For your cashmere to be free of moths, always store it once it is freshly cleaned so that it is free from perfume and body odour. Breathable zipper cashmere protection bags are perfect for this type of storage, into which you can also add a scented anti-moth drawer sachet to keep moths at bay. When storing your clothing, gently fold them around tissue paper to help prevent creasing.

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