Cocooning, indulgent and unbeatably soft – cashmere is undoubtedly one of our favourite cold-weather fabrics. But as much as we love the super-soft yarn, it can also be a bit tricky to care for. However, contrary to popular opinion, cashmere isn’t always dry-clean only. We caught up with our specialist in-house care team to find out their tips for hand-washing and storing those beloved 100% cashmere pieces.
- All cashmere – no matter how good the quality – is prone to pilling, because of the delicacy of the fibres. Keep a pilling comb on hand to deal with bobbles: before washing, lie your cashmere flat and gently pass the knitwear comb over the surface, and the pills will be picked up. Shop our Pilling Comb here.
- Select a gentle washing detergent that has been designed to wash woollen clothing; baby shampoo will also work well. It is important to avoid biological detergents as they contain enzymes that break down the protein fibres of cashmere.
- Turn the garment inside out before washing and then submerge in the water for five to 10 minutes. Do not soak.
- Rinse in cool water, until the water runs clear.
- Squeeze to remove excess water, but do not wring. Lay flat on a dry towel, roll up and press with your palms to remove excess moisture.
- Reshape and lay flat to dry – hanging on a line or clothes horse will distort it.
- Avoid hanging cashmere as it will damage the fragile fibres and lose the garment’s shape.
- Moths love cashmere, particularly any with moisture in the fibres, so, to store it safely, make sure it is totally dry. Storing it folded in air-tight bags (which come with all our cashmere pieces) will also protect against moths.
- For extra care, also use our Cedar Rose Hanging Hearts to keep those pesky moths away. Alternatively, try placing moth balls in your wardrobe.