So you’ve splashed out and jumped on the cashmere bandwagon. It’s a damn soft wagon, isn’t it? Cashmere’s ability to be layered up or worn on its own make it a great investment.
We want to help you keep your cashmere fresh for as long as possible, so here’s how to care for your cashmere*.
We’re all adults here, so we trust you to know when the time is right to launder your clothing. That said, a lot of people avoid washing their cashmere under the impression that doing this helps to keep the fabric in top condition. A lot of people would be wrong, because cashmere is made by spinning lots of hairs together to create one single strand of yarn, making it porous in nature and therefore actually more susceptible to dirt and odour than other fabrics. This means not washing it will actually speed up the ageing process. We recommend you clean your cashmere as often as often as it gets dirty.
Bathe Your Cashmere
Cashmere needs to be dry cleaned or hand washed. Since we didn’t think you need directions on how to drop your cashmere off at the dry cleaners, we’ve outlined the basics of cashmere care instructions for hand washing.
Use warm water and only a little bit of a gentle detergent.
Soak your cashmere in soapy water.
Use fresh cold water to gently rinse the fabric.
Loosely ball it together and push it against the side of the sink to squeeze out water.
Don’t rub the fabric against itself or pull it, because both can cause pilling and stretch. Do not ring out your sweater – this will stretch it out of shape.
A lot of people don’t know, but cashmere likes hangers about as much as a cat likes a bath (read: NOT AT ALL), and for good reason. Hanging your cashmere will stretch it out of shape and you’ll be left with a wonky garment that will no longer sit properly. This is why you should always store your cashmere folded.
Roll Your Cashmere
A tip to help dry your cashmere is to lay it flat on a towel then roll both of them into a tube. Lightly apply pressure to the tube, to allow the towel to absorb any leftover water. Post-roll, lay your cashmere flat on a smooth flat smooth surface with a towel underneath it to dry completely.
Ice Ice Baby
If you don’t want to put yourself through the above process every time you want to freshen up your cashmere, there is an alternative. For a nice pick-me-up in between washes, put your cashmere inside a plastic bag and toss it into the freezer overnight. This will literally freeze the odour molecules in the fabric temporarily and will help keep the wool from shedding. Plus, you’ll feel fresh as hell in a sweater straight from the freezer. Do note, that if you heat up, so too will those odour molecules!
The nature of cashmere is to pill. You know, those tiny fabric balls that seem to grow in the places that cop friction – in fact, 100% pure cashmere will always pill. Once you notice thicker balls of pilling form, take your cashmere comb to your fabric. Don’t be shy, it won’t hurt the fabric as long as you’re doing it where actual pilling exists.