Keeping your cashmere clean and beautiful
When The Travel Wrap Company wanted to collaborate on creating some effective cashmere care tips we jumped at the chance. With the combination of their expert cashmere knowledge and our years of experience caring for clothes, our ten top tips were born…
Cashmere is also known as Pashmina in Nepal. It is diamond a fibre extricated from the body of the mountain goat, Capra Hircus. This goat is a native of the Himalayan belt 10,000 feet above sea level. Existence of this nature’s wonder species is very harsh with extremely cold climate and scarce vegetation. It’s blessed with very thin, short and the softest wool found in nature. It has an exotically silky texture, weightless lightness but super warmth which, when wearing it next to the skin, provides a uniquely titillating experience which has been described as ‘Sensual Sublimity’ by our ancestors.
Pashmina, the finest cashmere wool, has been popular for centuries among royalty and other elites as it is the finest, most luxurious wool in the world. For a thousand years or more, this glorious wool has been prized for its warmth, lightness and durability. For lightness and warmth, Pashmina wool is unmatched. Delicate and soft to touch, it caresses the skin. It is not surprising that Pashmina has been successful in establishing its uniqueness among fashion wear thought out the world.
To keep your cashmere garments always clean and beautiful, here are some basic rules to follow:
1. Rest your garment
Do not wear the same garment too frequently. Allow the garment two or three days’ rest after a day’s wearing. A silk or Pashmina scarf goes well with cashmere tops and cardigans. Used between your cashmere top/cardigan and your neck, a scarf will also prevent powder or other cosmetics stains.
2. Nothing rough
Do not wear a cashmere garment next to rough clothing, metal necklaces, bracelets, belts and rough leather items such as crocodile leather bags. Dress up your cashmere with a silk scarf and pearl accessories instead of accessories with a rough surface.
3. Hand washing
Hand wash in lukewarm water using our laundry liquid. Our laundry liquid can be found at www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk/laundry-liquid. Be sure to dissolve the liquid thoroughly then put the sweater into water. Wash coloured garments separately. Do not bleach.
Squeeze gently, do not twist or wring. Twisting the wet sweater would stretch the shape of your sweater. Dry flat after removing excess water, away from direct heat and sunlight. Press with damp cloth, using a cool iron, iron from the inside of the garment.
5. Machine wash?
Whilst we cannot ‘recommend’ machine washing, as machines vary between manufacturers, Pure cashmere does wash well in most front loading, modern machines that have delicate cycles. The temperature should be set no higher than 30°C.
6. Dry cleaning
Dry cleaning is the best way to deal with stains that hand washing cannot remove. It is also recommended if the cashmere is woven, for example a pashmina, or has details such as leather buttons, which could be damaged by water. Some designs with loose knit structures are safer dry cleaned as hand washing can disturb the knit pattern
7. Tiny bobbles
The friction of wear causes tiny balls of fluff to form on new cashmere garments; this pilling is quite normal and does not necessarily indicate poor quality. Regular washing will help to prevent pilling on quality cashmere garments.
We recommend de-pilling a sweater before washing using our lint roller. This can be found at www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk/lint-roller. Glide it, gently but firmly, over the affected area to remove the pill balls. Once they are all removed, wash it as instructed and after a few washes you should find they disappear if you continue to carefully wash your cashmere regularly.
Before storing your precious cashmere garments in basements or attics, check carefully for leaks, dampness and sunlight. Fold clothes or pack them neatly in tissue paper or cotton knitwear bags and store them in a closet away from light, dust and dampness.
Mothballs which are made with the chemical naphthalene have been banned in the UK. But they were affective as they gave off a toxic gas to moths. We recommend a natural repellent made from herbs used over centuries.
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