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Caring for your cashmere

Caring for your cashmere

July 23, 2018

Cashmere is an investment, and at sassind we want you to get the most out of your fashion investment. Washing and storing your cashmere correctly will not only guarantee a longer lifespan for your piece, but it will also make you're knit softer over time. So follow the rules + your cashmere will be a wardrobe staple for years to come.

 

Hand Washing Cashmere

  1. Fill a tub or clean sink with tepid water. Hot water will shrink the garment, and cold water won't clean as effectively.
  2. Mix in a few drops of mild soap or baby shampoo until dissolved. Use less than you think, as excess detergent is harder to wash out and attracts dirt. 
  3. Submerge the garment and swirl it around the water. If any particular areas need more attention, apply the soap or shampoo directly to the area and massage gently. 
  4. Drain the water, fill the sink with clear tepid water and let it sit for two minutes then repeat. 
  5. Pour out the water and clump the garment in a loose ball and press it against the side of the tub or sink to squeeze out excess water. Be careful not to wring or twist the garment, or it will warp the shape.
  6. Lay the wet jumper on a large towel and roll up firmly, but not too tight. Apply pressure on the rolled towel which will help extract more water from the garment. If it's an unusually thick piece, you may need to repeat with another towel. 
  7. Place the jumper on a fresh, dry towel and put it outside to dry in the shade, on a flat surface. Direct sunlight will damage the garment.  

 

     


The controversial method: How to machine wash cashmere

 

  1. Put the washing machine in its most gentle setting and the temperature to the lowest level.
  2. Turn the cashmere garment inside out. If any embellishments or embroidery are detailing, hand wash the piece instead (see above). 
  3. Place the garment in a delicates bag. Place it in the washing machine with other like-coloured garments to help cushion it.
  4. Dry as above.

 

Tips to prolong the life of cashmere

 

  • Do not hang your knitted cashmere pieces. Hangers or racks can stretch out your garment.
  • These instructions are intended for knitted cashmere pieces. Woven cashmere pieces, such as suits, will need to be drycleaned. 
  • Store cashmere folded on a shelf or in a cupboard.
  • Moths are attracted to dirty garments so make sure your garment is clean before storing it away.
  • Deter moths with mothballs, lavender-soaked cedar balls or lavender sachets.

 



credit: cashmere research via vogue.com.au, images via pinterest.





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