Cashmere care

Caring for your cashmere garments.

By keeping it clean better quality cashmere is less likely to pill. Higher quality cashmere is comprised of longer thinner cashmere fibers. To a certain degree you get what you pay for with cashmere. Cheap (low quality) cashmere is comprised of shorter thicker fibers; garments made with these fibers pill easily and can be itchy.

How should I store my cashmere garments?

Cashmere should be neatly folded on a shelf, not a hanger. It should be clean and in some sort of sealable garment bag with protection against moths. If they wrinkle, you are better off steaming than pressing to remove the wrinkles.

What's the best way to clean my cashmere garment?

Hand wash in room temp water with fine washable detergent or shampoo. Wash like colors together. Dry flat in the shade.

How can I make my knit cashmere garments as soft and fluffy as possible?

Soak your knit garment in very warm water (86 f to 104 f) for 20 minutes. Hand wash, dry flat in the shade. Make sure you soak and wash like colors separately.

Does skipping cleanings prolong the life of cashmere garments?

No because a dirty garment is most attractive to moths; once a moth creates a hole it’s trouble.

How can you keep cashmere looking new? How can I avoid it getting too fuzzy or developing pills?

How to treat a stain:

Identify the stain. Vegetable-based "tannin" stains (coffee, ketchup, wine) dissolve in a solution of detergent and vinegar. Protein-based stains (blood, eggs, sweat) need detergent and ammonia. And "dry-side" stains (grease, ink, and other non-animal, non-vegetable matter) succumb to non-acetone nail-polish remover.

Before attacking the stain itself, test the fabric by rubbing a hidden section with a rag dipped in cleaner. If the rag absorbs dye, take the item to a pro; if it doesn't, place the garment on a towel and forge ahead. For tannin and protein stains, dampen the garment with water, and dab on solution. Never rub; keep pressing to break up and lift the stain. Dab with water to rinse. (For stains with two or more components, like lasagna or apple pie, apply water between applications of a separate solution for each component. Repeat dabbing and rinsing until the stain is out. For dry-side stains, follow the directions above without water. Finally, avoid leaving a watermark by dabbing the edges of the wet area to blend in with the dry fabric. Steam iron when dry.

Stain removing tip from: http://nymag.com/nymetro/shopping/sales/columns/sb/419/