Once you have got your hands on a luxuriously soft and cosy piece of cashmere, it is very important that you help it to stay that way. At some stage your blanket or scarf is going to need a clean, and here we will help you navigate the challenging waters of laundering your cashmere so that you can continue to enjoy it for a long time to come.
Many cashmere labels will demand that you 'Dry Clean Only', and although dry cleaning will do the job, it is also perfectly possible to hand wash your cashmere yourself, as long as you take a little bit of care. Follow our tips below for the best chances of success -
- First of all, use tepid water - too hot and you might get shrinkage - too cold and it won't wash as well.
- Use a small amount of mild detergent (baby shampoo is an excellent choice), and swish the item gently around in the water. If you use to much it will take more effort to rinse and increase the risk of doing some damage.
- Empty away your soapy water and refill with clean water, put your item back in an gently agitate again. Empty this water and repeat.
- Gently squeeze the item to remove water, DO NOT wring!
- Lay the item flat on a dry towel and roll it up. Push gently on the towel to try and absorb as much water as possible.
- Remove your cashmere from the towel and lay it flat to dry. Somewhere with good air movement, out of direct sunlight.