50 Tips to Take Care of Your Cashmere

Essential Tips to Keep Cashmere in Pristine Condition

Cashmere is a luxurious fabric that deserves special attention to keep it looking and feeling its best. To help you care for your cashmere pieces, we've compiled a comprehensive list of 50 essential tips.

Follow these guidelines to ensure your cashmere remains soft, cozy, and beautiful for years to come.

How to store your cashmere 

  1. Clean your cashmere items before storing them to prevent attracting moths and other pests.
  2. Fold cashmere items instead of hanging them to maintain their shape.
  3. Store cashmere in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  4. Avoid storing cashmere in plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and cause mildew.
  5. Consider using breathable cotton storage bags to protect your cashmere from moths.
  6. Add cedar or lavender sachets to your storage area to repel moths and provide a pleasant aroma.
  7. If storing cashmere for an extended period, remove it from storage and air it out occasionally.
  8. Keep cashmere away from rough surfaces and sharp objects to avoid snagging.
  9. Store cashmere separately from items with zippers or Velcro to prevent pilling.
  10. Avoid using mothballs, as they can leave a strong odor on your cashmere.

 

Essential tips for cashmere maintenance: 

  1. Only store your cashmere once it’s fully dry. This prevents mildew or mould.
  2. Store your cashmere in a Breathable Cotton Anti-Moth Cashmere Protection Pouche. Our high quality cashmere storage bags keep moths away and allow the cashmere to breathe.
  3. Store cashmere away from direct sunlight to avoid colour fading.
  4. Cedar and lavender anti moth sachets provide natural aromas that discourage moths. Place these in the drawers where you store your cashmere. 
  5. If you're keeping cashmere for an extended amount of time, breathe it out on a regular basis. This is best done in strong light, shaking the clothing to remove any moth larvae.
  6. Use an anti-pilling cashmere comb to gently remove any pills that may form over time.
  7. Brush your cashmere items with a soft bristle brush to keep them looking fresh and free from lint.
  8. Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach on cashmere, as they can damage the fibres.
  9. Keep your cashmere away from perfumes and other strong-smelling substances that can linger on the fabric.
  10. If you spill something on your cashmere, blot the stain gently with a clean cloth or paper towel.
  11. Treat stains promptly to prevent them from setting in.
  12. If you're unsure about removing a stain, seek professional dry cleaning services.
  13. Regularly inspect your cashmere for any signs of damage or wear and mend them promptly.
  14. Consider rotating cashmere pieces to ensure even wear and prevent excessive stretching in specific areas.
  15. Avoid wearing heavy bags or backpacks over your cashmere, as they can cause unnecessary strain on the fibres.
  16. Avoid storing cashmere next to rough clothes or accessories that might cause snagging.

Make sure not to: 

  1. Hang cashmere garments. The item's weight is known to pull down the cloth, causing it to lose its form.
  2. Keep your cashmere in plastic bags. Plastic bags hinder air circulation, allowing condensation and moisture to build up, attracting flies and moths.
  3. Store cashmere in humid or damp rooms, garages, or storage units. Why? Despite the fact that moths have two natural mating seasons, if a room's temperature is regularly maintained above 20 degrees, moths may breed all year. Instead, keep your cashmere in a cold, clean cabinet with a close door.

    Freezing Cashmere Products Before Storing

    A little time in the freezer may do wonders for your lightweight cashmere sweater. To remove odour-causing bacteria, place your sweater in a clean bag overnight or for up to 48 hours. This kills any moth larvae and keeps moth eggs and holes away. Then remove the bags and allow them to recover to room temperature. Wash and lay flat to dry. 

    How to Wash Cashmere

    Knowing how to properly care for cashmere garments, from washing to drying to storing, can allow them to last longer. And, since cashmere may be expensive, knowing how to wash cashmere sweaters without shrinking or harming them will help you to get the most out of an investment piece.

    Washing Cashmere by Hand 

    Handwashing cashmere sweaters are definitely your best choice, regardless of what the label says. Cashmere softens with time, so the more you hand-wash it over the years, the softer the fibres will get. Remember that any heat will shrink the fabric, and always keep your cashmere sweater folded, never hanging up. 

    Follow these steps for an extra mild hand wash that will leave your cashmere clothes looking brand new.

    1. Fill a bucket or soak in with lukewarm water (never hot water). A critical tip for washing cashmere sweaters and other clothing is to avoid using hot water since this might cause the material to shrink.
    2. Mix a small amount of mild detergent into the water. A gentle laundry detergent, a small amount of wool-specific detergent or some baby shampoo are all excellent options.
    3. Turn your cashmere inside out and soak it in the solution. Allow it to soak for 5 minutes to loosen any dirt.
    4. Rinse the sweater at the same temperature to avoid thermal shock. Take care not to wring the fibre, as this could warp and stretch the shape.
    5. Gently squeeze extra water from the sweater gently without twisting. You may compress it into a ball and squeeze the water out, or you can roll your cashmere in the towel to absorb excess water. 

    Washing Cashmere in a Laundry Machine 

    If you can avoid machine-washing cashmere, hand-washing is always safer. But, if the care label indicates washing in a laundry machine is appropriate, how can you wash cashmere without damaging it? Here are some tips:

    1. Wash on a gentle setting in your laundry machine. Select the lowest water temperature and spin setting.
    2. Put the cashmere garment in a mesh laundry bag. This will reduce friction and agitation inside the machine. Or alternatively, a laundry bag, an old clean white pillowcase knotted at the open end would suffice.
    3. Add mild detergent like dish soap or baby shampoo to the machine. Add any comfort perfume to your cosy cashmere garments for an added burst of scent.
    4. Do not tumble dry.  Lay your cashmere out to dry on a level surface.

      How to Dry Cashmere

      Your drying method is critical in both circumstances if you want your sweater to preserve its original size. 

      1. Fold up your cashmere in a ball to get water out. Press it gently without wringing out your sweater. Any more friction on your cashmere sweater can result in pilling.
      2. Roll the cashmere in a towel to remove excess water. Lay the cashmere flat on a towel and roll it and the towel together into a sausage form. Then, using your palm hands, push down on the towel to absorb the water off your sweater.
      3. Lay your cashmere out flat to finish drying. Cover a flat drying rack with an absorbent towel before laying your sweater down. If you don't have a drying rack, just place a towel on the ground and lay the sweater on it. Move the sweater about on the towel to the desired shape for wearing. Your sweater will keep its form after drying.  

      Dealing with Stains on Cashmere

      Stains happen. The trick is to treat any stain as quickly as possible; the longer you wait, the more difficult the stain will be to remove.

      Makeup or grease-based on cashmere

      1. Blot the stain first, then cover it with baking soda to help remove the grease.
      2. Allow the baking soda to soak for an hour before lifting the clothing and shaking it off.
      3. After that, drop a squirt of cashmere shampoo straight over the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.
      4. Wash according to the stated instruction.

      Chocolate Stain on Cashmere

      1. With a spoon, shake or scrape away any extra chocolate.
      2. Dip a delicate cloth in cashmere shampoo and gently massage the chocolate stain, being careful not to scrape too hard since this might harm the cashmere fibres.
      3. Wash according to the stated instruction.

       Red Wine, Tea, or Coffee Stain on Cashmere

      1. Immediately rinse the cashmere garment with water.
      2. Dishwashing liquid, not cashmere shampoo, should be used to clean out red wine stains.
      3. Rub the stain lightly with the cloth, taking care not to scrape too hard as this might harm the cashmere fibres.
      4. Wash according to the stated instruction.

        By following these essential tips, you'll ensure that your cashmere remains in pristine condition, providing you with warmth, style, and comfort for years to come. Take care of your cashmere investment, and it will reward you with its exquisite softness and timeless elegance.

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