Contrary to popular belief, dry cleaning can actually be bad for your cashmere sweater. The chemicals used in dry cleaning can break down the fibers and cause discoloration when in contact with deodorant.
It is also important not to over-wash cashmere. Unless soiled, we recommend washing only after three to four wearings.
After wearing, air the garment overnight before folding and putting away. This allows body oils, perfumes, lotions, etc. to evaporate and prevents attractions of moths.
The best way to clean cashmere is to hand-wash using a mild detergent formulated specifically for fine wool and cashmere. Please follow these steps to ensure your cashmere garments live a long, happy life:
De-pill cashmere garments by stroking firmly in the direction of the knit using a cashmere comb.
Gently treat any stains, discolorations and areas that trap odor, such as the underarm area.
Fill a washbasin with cool water and add two capfuls of cashmere wash. Submerge the garment and make sure it is evenly soaped all over.
Soak for 20-30 minutes, depending on the condition of the garment.
Rinse well by running cool water through the garment until the soap is gone. Press the water out gently without wringing.
4. Gently squeeze the water out of the garment without wringing and roll up in a clean towel to remove excess moisture.
5. Lie the garment flat on a dry towel in its natural shape.
6. When dry, remove lint, fuzz and hair with a lint brush or roller.
Clean and dry the garment according to the instructions above.
Fold the garment loosely to prevent stretching and place it in a bag made of breathable cotton or linen. Avoid storage bags that are made of polyester or plastic.
Cedar balls can be placed in storage bags and drawers to help prevent damage by moths.
Nothing is worse than discovering those tiny little holes all over your cashmere garments – moths!
Clothing moths are attracted by body oils, lotions, perfumes, makeup, etc. that are left on clothing, primarily wool and cashmere, after wearing.
The best way to prevent moths from getting into your cashmere is to ensure all of your garments, not just your cashmere, are clean before putting them away.
Follow the cleaning and storage instructions above carefully and make sure to air your cashmere garment overnight after wearing.
As an extra protection, place cedar balls in drawers and storage bags. Moths do not like these!
Remember – Moths are much easier to prevent than get rid of after the fact!