How should I care for my cashmere?
Always read and follow the garment’s own cashmere care label when washing your cashmere knitwear or homewares. Cashmere can normally be hand washed, or sometimes even gently machine-washed, but if in doubt should be dry cleaned. However you wash your cashmere garment, we suggest turning it inside-out before washing for extra protection.
We generally recommend regular hand washing by immersing your garment in a solution of warm water and a gentle wool wash product. We supply a range of specialist cashmere care products, designed to help you maintain, store, and transport your garments in pristine condition.
When washing by hand, do not rub but instead squeeze the suds gently through the fabric. Never wring or stretch the fabric in any way. Finally, rinse several times in clean lukewarm water until the water runs clear with no trace of detergent.
Some cashmere can also be washed using the handwash, delicates or woollens cycle on your washing machine. When washing your cashmere in a machine ensure you use a specialist cashmere or delicates washing liquid. Never wash it at more than 40 degrees, and ideally less, and we suggest avoiding biological detergents. Check the garment’s care label first to ensure that it is suitable for machine washing.
Do not leave your cashmere wet; dry it as soon as soon as possible or odours may develop. Squeeze out any excess water before lifting a wet cashmere garment (or perhaps use a slow spin cycle on the machine if permitted by the care label). It may stretch if you are not careful, so take great care.
When washed, smooth your cashmere gently back into its original shape. Place it flat on a towel and allow it to dry naturally. Avoid any direct heat such as radiators or strong sunlight. Never hang cashmere on a line to dry as this will cause lines and stretch marks. And tumble dry cashmere only if the care label specifically permits this.
When your cashmere garment is dry it can be gently pressed with a cool iron to remove any creases.
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