Although most people think that cashmere can only be dry cleaned, it is easy to care for your cashmere at home.
And, whilst you can put your machine wash your cashmere on a cold delicate cycle, you will get the best results if you try your hand (pardon the pun!) at hand washing. Plus, it’s more far more environmental too!
How to Hand-Wash Cashmere
- Make sure that the sink or bucket you are using is clean and then fill it with cool water and add a small amount of detergent.
- Put your jumper in the water and swirl it around so that the soap can fully coat the fibres. Allow your jumper to soak for about 5minutes.
- Next, drain the wash water and rinse it with cool water to wash off the soap.
- While your jumper is still in the sink, bear down on it using your hands to push excess water out. But, please remember: Do not wring it as this will only damage the fibres causing them to stretch or fray!
- Next, lay your jumper flat on a towel and roll it up to soak up the extra water.
- And, finally lay it flat to dry. Do not hang it up as this will only stretch it and ruin it.
How to Machine Wash a Jumper
If you insist on machine washing your cashmere jumpers, please make sure you follow these steps:
- Use Cold Water.
- Select the delicate cycle, which is sometimes labeled “slow/slow” or “hand wash”. This will expose your jumpers to less agitation which is key as too much agitation will cause their fibres to fray and break, causing pilling and felting.
- Put your jumper into a protective mess washing bag: this will cut down of the amount of friction it is exposed to in the wash.
- Do not put jeans into the washing machine at the same time as this will only create more friction for your jumpers. It’s best to wash your jumpers with other delicates at the same time.
- And like hand washing your jumper, do not wring your jumpers once they come out of the washing machine.
- And, once again, please lay them flat to dry.
Storing your Cashmere:
1: Do not hang your cashmere jumpers or dresses as the hanger will only stretch the shoulders and ruin the it.
2: Instead, fold your cashmere and keep in a drawer away from moisture.
3: When storing it away fro the season, you can pack it up in a breathable garment bag or storage box in a cool dry area.
4: Remember to clean your cashmere before you store it away for the season as moths love dirt. You can also add some cedar wood moth repellents to be extra careful.