Special care for your cashmere knitwear
While dry clean is an option, Cashmere is a natural fibre which loves water and looks better after every wash, whether by hand or by machine. In the case of machine washing we recommend using a gentle cold water wash cycle and a low spin speed.
What is my knitwear starts to pill?
The natural characteristics of cashmere may cause your garment to pill. These small balls or 'pills' are caused by some of the loose fibre tangling together as areas of your garment are rubbed during wear. Pilling can be removed by hand or with a depilling knitwear comb. If cared for properly your cashmere garment will soften in handle and touch and improve with age.
To hand wash your cashmere knitwear, use cold or lukewarm water (35℃) using a small amount of cashmere shampoo or a similar wool wash. Massage the garment lightly. If stained, gently rub the area directly with detergent. Rinse by pressing softly without wringing or twisting. Excess water can be removed by rolling the garment in a towel on a flat surface and pressing gently.
A washing machine can be used to wash your cashmere garments if a ‘delicates’; ’wool' or 'hand' wash cycle is selected with a low spin speed. Only use a liquid detergent like a cashmere shampoo or a similar detergent recommended for Wool or Silk. Do not bleach. Do not use fabric conditioner.
If you opt to machine wash, you should consider inserting your cashmere in a Mesh Bag before washing for extra protection.
Smooth the garment back into its original shape and lay flat to dry. Dry naturally away from direct sunlight or other heat sources. Do not tumble dry. NEVER hang cashmere.
When dry, if required, turn garment in side out and press lightly with a cool iron or steam using a hand-held steamer from a slight distance.
Always clean your cashmere before storing them away. Moths are especially crazy about dirty natural fibres. Fold all your clean cashmere and store them in a drawer. It’s always the best to store them with a natural moth repellent; Cedar balls, cedar chips, cedar cloves or sachets made with lavender oil are few of the natural moth repellent that you can use.
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