How Do I Look After My
Contrary to popular belief cashmere is not difficult to care for, if you follow a few simple instructions your cashmere should last for many years.
What is Pilling?
Pilling are the little bobbles which appear on garments at places for friction. It is the natural shedding of loose fibres, which when rubbed together i.e. under the arms, produce tiny balls on the sweater. These can be easily removed with a cashmere comb, or lint remover. Pilling is a natural part of cashmere and does not demonstrate inferior quality, it usually stops after a few washes.
Your garment is made from the longest and finest cashmere available, with a little care and attention you will enjoy it for years to come.
• De pill your garment before washing using a cashmere comb.
• Hand wash in cool water with a mild detergent designed for cashmere or wool. The water must be cool or you risk shrinking your sweater. Fill a sink or bowl with cool water add your cashmere wash, swish it around to mix well, submerge your cashmere sweater 'squishing' it a few times to ensure the whole sweater is submerged. Leave it to soak for or a few minutes especially if there are any stains.
• Empty the dirty water and rinse thoroughly with cold water until any soapy residue is gone.
• Do not use fabric softener, as this will affect the natural softness of the cashmere.
• Gently squeeze out the excess water, until It can be placed on a flat drying surface without dripping too badly. Remember not to wring or stretch out your garment when wet, as this will affect the shape.
• You can 'rinse and spin' in your washing machine if you have a gentle spin cycle.
• Reshape your sweater whilst damp.
• Dry flat away from direct sunlight, if your sweater is dried in full sun, it can fade the dye, especially bright colours.
• Do not tumble dry.
• Your sweater can be machine washed if your machine has a cold/wool/delicate setting. But take care if the temperature is too high or your machine is too vigorous, your garment may be spoiled.
• With light colours take care with perfume and make- up as it can be difficult to remove.
• Your garment may be dry-cleaned.
• If your sweater is creased you can lightly press it, using the wool setting on your iron. Dark colours are better pressed inside out.
Protection Against Moths
Natural fibres like silk, wool, cotton and cashmere must be protected against moths.
In order to prevent this
• Always ensure your cashmere is clean when stored
• Use a natural repellent like cedar or lavender.