Posted: November 25, 2020

Cashmere is an investment piece and caring for your cashmere allows you to cherish your investment piece for much longer. Follow our simple steps to get the best out of your cashmere to ensure it lasts a lifetime. 

 

Cashmere is very delicate, so it is important to not use any harsh washing detergents. The best and safest way to wash your cashmere is by hand using a cashmere shampoo, baby shampoo or low-alkaline detergent.  

 

First, clean out your sink or use a washbasin and fill with cool water and your chosen soap or shampoo. Once your cashmere is in the basin, use gentle movements and make sure you don’t move it around too quickly – as this may cause the fibres to matt together causing the cashmere to feel more like felt. Spot treat any problem areas with a squirt of neat detergent and massage gently with your fingertips. Once the cashmere has been covered with the soap or shampoo, live to soak for a minimum of 5 minutes. 

 

Once the cashmere has soaked, run cool water over it to remove any soap or shampoo, making sure not to pull or stretch as this may distort the shape. When the water runs clear, turn the tap off and gently press out and remaining water.  

 

Place the cashmere on a clean, dry bath towel. Roll the towel up and firmly press out any water from the cashmere, making sure not to twist. Unroll the towel and smooth out the cashmere into its original shape, without any excessive stretching. Ensure all pockets or sleeves are flat, to avoid bunching and wrinkling. 

 

Lay the cashmere on the towel or an air rack to allow it to air-dry. If you dry wool on a radiator, it causes the top fibres to burn, so always refrain from this. Once the cashmere is completely dry, fold it with tissue paper to absorb and excess moisture. 

 

Caring for your cashmere doesn’t just involve the washing process, it is how your store it too. When storing cashmere, always fold and never hang, as this distorts the shape. Pesky moths can make an appearance, so store your cashmere in clear plastic garment bags to keep moths out. Lavender sachets and cedar balls are some great natural repellents, however make sure to replace these frequently as they lose their odour. 

 

At Markus Lupfer, we care about cashmere, so we provide a de-pilling comb with every essential cashmere purchase to help prolong your piece. Pilling is an inevitable process which happens over time where natural hair fibres create little balls. Use our comb to gently remove the pills and keep your cashmere at its best. 

 

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