Cashmere

How to Wash and Dry Cashmere

 

There are two ways to wash your cashmere: hand washing and machine washing. We would never recommend dry cleaning – not only is it expensive, but cashmere garments are hung up to dry, which can lead to stretching. Instead, you should either machine wash your cashmere garments or, better yet, hand wash and dry your cashmere.

Show your cashmere some love with our top tips for washing and drying by hand and for using a washing machine.

 

Wash Cashmere by Hand

Cashmere can be washed by hand. In fact, we’d recommend it. Cashmere is a natural fiber, so just like your own hair, it’s going to react better to a gentle soap and rinse than to strong chemicals. It isn’t the quick option, but washing cashmere by hand will keep your fabrics looking better and feeling softer for longer.

Here’s our five-step guide for how to wash and dry a cashmere garment by hand:

Step 1: Prepare your cashmere

Check your garment for any stains, as you should treat these first (more information here). Next, lay your garment flat, take your cashmere comb and brush in one direction to remove any unsightly pilling (small bobbles of fibre). Turn the cashmere inside out and repeat. You can also use a lint roller for excess fluff.

Step 2: Fill your washbasin

You’ll need slightly warm water – up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Add in your gentle cashmere wash and stir. You only need a small amount; about a capful per item. Prepare a second washbasin with clean water.

Step 3: Wash your garment

Pop your garment in the washbasin (if you are washing more than one, start with the lightest-coloured one and work up to the darkest). Gently swirl it around in the water with your hand for five minutes. Be careful not to pull or stretch the fabric. Once it’s clean, transfer your garment to your second washbasin. Refill as often as needed to remove all soap suds. Don’t rinse under the tap as this can stretch the fabric.

Step 4: Dry your cashmere

Gently press your garment against the side of the washbasin to release water. Do not wring it out. Next, lie your garment out on a large towel then, starting at the top, roll up both the towel and garment together. Once it’s rolled up, gently press to release moisture. Unroll and lie your cashmere out flat to dry. Avoid pegging to a washing line or hanging on a hanger, as it could stretch.

Step 5: Fold and put away

Again, do not hang, unless you want stretched-out sleeves! Fold it up nicely and put it away in a drawer. Or better yet, pop it in a sweater bag with cedar balls to keep it beautifully fresh and deter moths.

 

 

Wash Cashmere by Machine

Yes, you can wash your cashmere in the washing machine. With due care and attention, many cashmere items can be safely machine washed, including the majority of those in our Signature Cashmere range. It is not merely a cheaper, quicker and easier option than dry cleaning – it is also kinder to the fabric itself.

Here’s our three-step guide for how to wash and dry a cashmere garment in the machine:

Step 1: Check your label

Check the label inside your garment to ensure it is suitable for machine washing (like most of the pieces in our Signature Cashmere range). However, you should still avoid using a top-loading washing machine.

Step 2: Wash your cashmere

Check your garment for any stains or holes, as you should treat these first (more below). Next, turn your garment inside out, put it inside a mesh bag for protection - either alone or with similar-coloured knits - then pop it into the machine. Add a capful of cashmere wash and nothing else; no additional detergents or conditioners. Select a delicate or woolens wash cycle then wash at 90 degrees Fahrenheit on a short spin.

Step 3: Dry and put away

Reshape your cashmere while it’s damp, and carefully lay it out flat to dry. Avoid pegging it to a washing line or hanging on a coat hanger, as it could stretch. Once dry, fold it up nicely and pop it in a drawer. Or better yet, store it in a specialist sweater bag, with cedar balls to keep it nice and fresh and repel moths.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can all Cashmere clothing be machine washed?

No, not all Cashmere clothing can be machine washed. Below is a breakdown of which types of Cashmere can be washed in a washing machine:

Signature Cashmere Gassato Cashmere Featherweight Cashmere Purist Cashmere
Machine Washable Yes No No No
Hand Washable Yes Yes Yes Yes

Should I use fabric conditioner on cashmere?

No, never use fabric conditioner on cashmere. These will coat the fibres of your garment with chemicals that can cause it to stiffen. It also reduces the natural softness of cashmere, which could result in pilling later. Instead, for extra softness, add a drop of vinegar (or ‘nature’s softener’) to the water when rinsing.

Does cashmere need to be dry cleaned?

No, cashmere does not need to be dry cleaned. In fact, it is the worst option for cleaning your cashmere, as it can lead to fading and stretching. At Pure Collection, we always recommend washing by hand. Not only is it far cheaper than dry cleaning, but it will keep your fabric softer, brighter and shapelier for longer.

What’s the ideal washing temperature for cashmere?

The best washing temperature for cashmere is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re washing by hand, that means lukewarm water that’s slightly warm to the touch. If you’re washing by machine, you can set this to 90 degrees Fahrenheit precisely. Cold water will not remove stains effectively, while hot water can make colours bleed and garments shrink.

Should I iron cashmere?

Yes, you can iron your cashmere. If washed and cared for appropriately, cashmere should remain relatively free of wrinkles and creases, but when required, ironing is fine. Turn your garment inside out, lay it on a flat surface, cover it in a damp cloth and run the iron – on its lowest heat setting – swiftly over the garment.

How should I store cashmere?

The best way to store cashmere is in a breathable sweater bag. This will keep it clean and dry. Add cedar balls to ensure it also stays moisture and moth-free. Alternatively, a wiped-down drawer with anti-moth paper is a viable option. But never use cardboard boxes or plastic bags as these can fade your cashmere.

How do I get rid of wrinkles in my cashmere jumper?

You can get rid of wrinkles in your cashmere jumper with a steamer. Or, if you don’t have one of those, use an iron. Lay the garment flat on an ironing board, hold the iron a few inches above the jumper and spray with bursts of steam. After, lie your jumper on top of a towel to dry.

 

 

How to Remove Stains from Cashmere

It can be a heart-stopping moment when you spill a glass of red wine down your cherished cashmere jumper. But don’t panic – it’s possible to remove stains from cashmere, and to bring your favourite item of clothing back to its former glory. And you can do it all at home, with no trip to the dry cleaner required.

Here are our step-by-step guides for removing stains, from coffee to chocolate, from your cashmere:

 

Remove Red Wine Stains from Cashmere

Here’s how to remove red wine stains from your cashmere:

Step 1: Act immediately

Don’t wait around – as soon as possible after you’ve spilled your drink on your cashmere, you should act.

Step 2: Turn it inside out

Turn your garment inside out; washing from this side means the stain has the least distance to travel out.

Step 3: Assemble your equipment

Water-based stains like these are best treated simply with clean water and a little pH-neutral washing up liquid. Do not use natural soap or detergent, as these are alkaline and will cause these tannin stains to set.

Step 4: Wash your garment

Take a sponge and dab the stain; do not rub or scrub. Then rinse the garment with cool (but not freezing cold) water until it’s gone. You should rinse as gently as possible – be careful not to hold your garment under a fast-flowing tap.

Step 5: Dry your cashmere

Once the stain appears to have gone, lay your cashmere garment out to dry. Do not peg it out or hang it up, as the fabric could stretch – instead, just lay it flat on a towel somewhere away from direct sunlight.

 

Remove Coffee Stains from Cashmere

Here’s how to remove coffee, tea and fruit juice stains from your cashmere:

Step 1: Act immediately

Don’t wait around – as soon as possible after you’ve spilled your drink on your cashmere, you should act.

Step 2: Turn it inside out

Turn your garment inside out; washing from this side means the stain has the least distance to travel out.

Step 3: Assemble your equipment

Water-based stains like these are best treated simply with clean water and a little pH-neutral washing up liquid. Do not use natural soap or detergent, as these are alkaline and will cause these tannin stains to set.

Step 4: Wash your garment

Take a sponge and dab the stain; do not rub or scrub. Then rinse the garment with cool (but not freezing cold) water until it’s gone. You should rinse as gently as possible – don’t just hold under a fast-flowing tap.

Step 5: Dry your cashmere

Once the stain seems to have disappeared, you can lay your cashmere out to dry. Simply lay it flat on a towel in a part of the room that doesn’t get direct sunlight. Avoid hanging it as the fabric could stretch.

 

Remove Chocolate Stains from Cashmere

Here’s how to remove chocolate stains from your cashmere:

Step 1: Act immediately

Don’t wait around – as soon as possible after you see a chocolate stain on your cashmere, you should act.

Step 2: Remove excess chocolate

Gently remove any chocolate that’s still stuck to your jumper using a spoon or a dull knife. Make sure you aren’t spreading it or rubbing it in any further – if you are, you should just continue straight to step three.

Step 3: Turn it inside out

Turn your garment inside out; washing from this side means the stain has the least distance to travel out

Step 4: Wash with water

Chocolate stains like these are best treated with clean water. Take a sponge and dab the stain; do not rub or scrub. Then rinse the garment with cool (but not freezing cold) water. If the stain remains, leave the garment to soak in a washtub with cool water and a little pH-neutral washing up liquid for 20 minutes (do not use natural soap or detergent as these are alkaline and can cause stains to set). Then just rinse it clean.

Step 5: Dry your cashmere

Does the stain appear to be gone? Then it’s time to dry your garment. Instead of hanging or pegging it up (which can lead to the fabric stretching) simply take out a towel and lie your garment flat on top of it.

 

Remove Make-Up Stains from Cashmere

Here’s how to remove make-up and other greasy or oily stains from your cashmere:

Step 1: Act immediately

Don’t hang around – as soon as possible after you spot a make-up stain on your cashmere, you should act.

Step 2: Dab away what you can

Whether it’s make-up, butter, hand lotion or any other greasy stain, the first step is blot away what you can. Make sure you aren’t spreading or rubbing it in further – if you are, move swiftly on to the next step.

Step 3: Add baking soda

Apply baking soda to the stain. Don’t worry, this won’t affect your cashmere, but it will help with removing the stain. Leave it on for about 20 minutes to absorb as much of the grease as it can, then you can just shake it off.

Step 4: Soak your garment

Soak your cashmere garment in a washtub with cool (but not freezing cold) water and a little pH-neutral washing up liquid. Do not use natural soap or detergent as these are alkaline and can cause stains to set. Leave for 10 minutes, then follow this with a gentle hand wash to make sure the whole garment is clean.

Step 5: Dry your cashmere

Once the stain appears to have gone, lay your cashmere garment out to dry. Do not peg it out or hang it up, as the fabric could stretch – instead, just lay it flat on a towel somewhere away from direct sunlight.

 

Remove Champagne Stains from Cashmere

Here’s how to remove champagne stains from your cashmere:

Step 1: Act immediately

Don’t hang around – as soon as you have spilled a glass of champagne on your cashmere, it’s time to act.

Step 2: Turn it inside out

Turn your garment inside out; washing from this side means the stain has the least distance to travel out.

Step 3: Wash your garment

Take a sponge and dab the stain; do not rub or scrub. Then rinse the garment with cool (but not freezing cold) water until it’s gone. You should rinse as gently as possible – don’t just hold under a fast-flowing tap.

Step 4: Dry your cashmere

Once it looks like the stain has gone, it’s time to dry your cashmere garment. You can simply lay it flat on a towel somewhere where there’s no direct sunlight. Do not hang it up otherwise the fabric may stretch.

 

Stain still not coming out?

Pure Collection can recondition and repair your favourite cashmere garments. Click here to find out more.

 

How to Stop Your Cashmere from Pilling

Pilling, which is the term given to the formation of unsightly balls of fluff on the surface of cashmere, is a natural and inherent characteristic of the fabric. However, that doesn’t mean it’s something you have to simply accept. There are many things you can do to prevent pilling, and many ways to fix it when it occurs.

Here are some frequently-asked questions about pilling with cashmere products:

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does cashmere pill?

Pilling is when the short fibres on a cashmere garment twist around themselves. They tend to appear as small balls of fluff or snags, and most commonly occur where there’s regular friction – for example, under arms. Pilling is an inevitable consequence of the fibre, and has nothing to do with the quality of cashmere.

How can I prevent cashmere from pilling?

You cannot prevent cashmere from pilling, but you can keep pilling to a minimum. First, wash your clothes inside out – that way, any pilling can’t be seen. Second, hand wash your garments with a gentle cashmere wash. Third, always naturally air dry your cashmere. And fourth, brush your clothes often with a lint brush.

How can I de-pill my cashmere?

You can de-pill your cashmere with a cashmere comb. It’s simple – just run the comb gently over garments, inside and out, and you’ll find that the tangles of fibre come off easily. If you don’t have a comb, simply use a razor blade to remove the balls of fluff individually. Avoid scissors, as these can damage the fabric.

 

 

Too many snags to handle?

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How to Stop Moths Eating Your Cashmere

Any cashmere owner will tell you moths are their worst enemy. That’s because moths love nothing more than the taste of cashmere. However, you don’t have to simply accept that your clothes will be consumed by moths – from a sweater bag to cedar balls, there are many ways to protect your cashmere.

Here are some frequently-asked questions about moths and cashmere garments:

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do moths eat cashmere?

Moths eat cashmere because it contains keratin. But actually, it isn’t fully-grown moths that eat cashmere – it’s their larvae. It’s only until the age of a month, during the larvae stage, that moths actually have any mouths to chew through your fabric.

How do I get rid of clothes moths?

You can get rid of clothes moths by cleaning your wardrobe and vacuuming your carpets. However, it isn’t always possible to be certain they are gone. So instead, ensure they can’t get to your cashmere. A sweater bag and cedar balls will keep your cashmere clean and dry and also repel any moths as they hate the aroma.

 

Moth holes in your cashmere?

Pure Collection can recondition and repair your favourite cashmere garments. Click here to find out more.

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