Caring for your cashmere
Feel free to visit our product care page for essentials to help prolong the life of your cashmere. Cedar balls, cashmere combs and our branded cotton bags are available for purchase, please note when you buy one of our luxurious cashmere products, you will receive a complimentary cotton bag to protect your purchase and keep it clean.Listed below are methods to help care for your cashmere. A copy of the methods will be sent to you along with your purchase and invoice.
Before washing – If pills have formed on the surface of the garment, remove them with a cashmere comb. Lay your garment flat and gently glide the comb over the affected area to remove pills. Pilling is a natural characteristic of cashmere and is not a sign or poor quality. Avoid using an electric shaver as they can easily damage the knitwear and create holes.
Detergent choices – The constitution of cashmere – the fine undercoat of the cashmere goat – is very much similar to human hair. As such, a basic rule is not to use anything on it that one would not use for human hair.
Both biological and non-biological detergents are not suitable for cashmere, wools or silks. Biological detergents are designed to wash synthetics and cotton based materials – they contain enzymes which degrade the proteins in food stains. As cashmere, wool and silk are made of proteins, the fibres will therefore be damaged if washed with biological detergents. Non-biological detergents are also damaging to protein fibres, due to their high alkaline pH levels.
Recommended products: Persil Wool & Silk / Dreft / traditional soap flakes. It is also possible to use a simple baby shampoo.
Hand washing – It is highly recommended to hand wash your cashmere garment, rather than machine washing or dry cleaning.
Hand wash in a clean sink or basin, making sure the water is no hotter than lukewarm (30°C to 36°C).
Use a small amount of gentle detergent (see above), and ensure it is fully dissolved in the water before you begin washing.
Turn the garment inside out, submerge in the water, and gently squeeze the water through the garment. Do not rub, wring or twist the garment while washing.
Drain the soapy water and gently rinse garment in lukewarm water until water runs clear.
Gently squeeze excess water from the garment before removing from the sink. Again, do not wring or twist the garment, simply squeeze the water out.
Drying – Lay the garment out flat on a towel, then gently roll the garment in the towel (like a sausage roll) and lightly press. Unroll and reshape the garment.
Leave it to dry laid flat – if you hang it, the weight of the water will stretch it out of shape. Wet garments can weigh up to 6 times their dry weight.
Allow to air-dry naturally, keeping away from direct heat sources like radiators and sunlight.
Tumble drying is not recommended, as this can turn a cashmere garment into a rag. This is where most of the surface damage and potential shrinkage takes place.
Ironing – Once dry, you can lightly press the garment using a cool iron to remove any creases. Cover the garment with a damp cloth (a cotton or linen tea towel is ideal) and gently press with an iron on a low heat setting.
You can also gently steam the garment using a steam iron. Carefully hover the steam iron above the surface of the garment, allowing the steam to do the work. Use the steam iron on a mid-heat setting.
Machine washing – Although we do not recommend machine washing, if time is precious then our advice would be: turn your garment inside out, place in a wash bag and choose a very delicate hand or wool wash setting for wash and spin – below 30ºC/86F. Finish by following the above drying instructions above. Do not tumble-dry.
Storage – Your garment should be stored in a dry dark place, preferably with a scent such as cedar wood to deter moths. The garments should be dry and clean prior to storage, and if possible kept in a clean cotton bag or breathable bag. If using plastic bags for storage, these should be replaced every 2-3 months to avoid the yellowing of light shades; and the development of dampness caused by temperature variation. Avoid using cardboard boxes for storage.
Damage by moths is caused by female moths laying their eggs on the garment, and the hatched larvae subsequently eating their way through the fibres. Moths are attracted to the garments by the smell of the protein fibres, so masking the smell with cedar wood, lavender or rosemary helps to keep the garments moth free.