Caring for Your Cashmere
Wondering how to care for your cashmere? Hope to have knitwear that lasts a lifetime? Here’s how:
How to Store Your Cashmere
- Do NOT hang your sweaters (cashmere or otherwise!). Knitwear, when hung on a hanger will stretch out, causing hanger marks at the shoulders and over time your sweater will “grow”.
- Always FOLD your cashmere. Half-fold, quarter-fold, Marie-Kondo method, whatever your method of folding is – as long as you’re not hanging it, we’re cool with it.
- Keep it in a cool, dry place where it can breathe. Moths love cashmere almost as much as humans – keep it to yourself at all costs.
2 Options: Dry Clean at a trusted cleaners OR hand wash in cold water with a gentle shampoo (baby shampoo works great!)
- If you’re going the DIY route – be sure to lay flat to dry. Do not hang, or wring it out which can damage the shape of the garment and the fibers. We prefer this method as its lower cost AND better for the environment. Win-win.
It is natural for even the highest quality cashmere to “pill” with excessive wear over time (look for it in sections where there may be more friction (ie on your side where your bag may rub against you, or near your armpit! A sweater comb, stone, or shaver when used correctly can get even your oldest cashmere looking like new. Here are a few of our faves: The Laundress Comb, Conair Sweater Defuzzer
Have other good care tips? Let me know!