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Cashmere Care 101

Cashmere Care 101

I so much love the hug of cashmere! I love knits and jersey all year round. Poplin and shirts will do for me only in the summer. I am so thankful to Coco and Donna for revolutionizing women’s wear. Although I am more of an Eileen (Fisher) than Donna (Karan) kind of girl, I admit I love their stuff.

Here is my favorite knit cardigan with my new old brooch.Yep, that’s me!

I usually wash my knits before I store them, but as we only recently moved house, I had to pack in a speed and that included some grab-and-go knits.

As I grow younger, I look for more information on how to do things properly and enjoy my favorite garments more. Here is what I found about cashmere:

The friction of wear causes tiny balls of fluff to form on new cashmere garments. Regular washing will help to prevent pilling on quality cashmere garments. It is recommended to de-pill a sweater before washing using a special comb. Glide it, gently but firmly, over the affected area to remove the pill balls.

Once they are all removed, wash it as instructed and after a few washes you should find they disappear if you continue to wash your cashmere regularly.

Regular hand washing is the best way to clean cashmere. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Soak sweaters in sudsy, lukewarm water and gentle woolen or cashmere wash for five minutes, and then gently ‘squish’ to let the suds soak through the fibers. Rinse in lukewarm water using the same ‘squishing’ action—never wring cashmere—until the water is clear. Avoid fabric softener, as it causes the fibers to stiffen.
  2. Roll the garment in a towel and press to remove excess moisture and speed drying.
  3. Lay it flat to dry, out of sunlight. Re-shape whilst damp, taking special care, as wet cashmere fibers can stretch out of shape.

If you decide to machine wash:

  1. Turn your garment inside-out in a laundry bag or pillow case with the end tied off as this helps to keep its shape.
  2. Make sure you select the most delicate setting with the temperature set no higher than 30°C. If you decide to spin dry your cashmere, opt for the shortest and most delicate spin.
  3. Re-shape the garment whilst damp and dry flat, out of direct sunlight.
  4. Tumble drying on a cold setting for a couple of minutes will help to fluff up the cashmere.

And some tips about wearing cashmere:
Allow your deodorant to dry completely before wearing your cashmere.
Avoid spraying yourself with perfume while wearing cashmere because it can stain the fiber.
After wearing a garment, air-fluff it in a cool (no heat) dryer to freshen.

Did you know all that about cashmere? I did not, but I now do and I shall certainly enjoy more my little luxuries!

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