How to Wash and Care for your Cashmere Sweaters
Say goodbye 👋 to dry cleaning bills.
Let's bust this myth for once and for all: Your cashmere sweaters do not need to be dry cleaned. Cashmere does not require professional cleaning but if you're like most people you are reluctant to wash your cashmere at home. Here is how you can keep your cashmere pristine and say goodbye to that strange dry-cleaning smell forever!
HOW TO WASH WOOL AND CASHMERE SWEATERS IN THE WASHING MACHINE:
Though the preferred method is hand washing – today’s new washing machines can gently clean your cashmere sweaters. For best results, place your sweater in a mesh washing bag. Select the delicate cycle on the machine being sure the water temperature is cold and the spin cycle is on low. You can “shrink”, “felt” or “cook” the fiber by overly agitating it and/or using water that is too hot. Once the cycle is complete, promptly remove the sweater.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU WASH YOUR SWEATERS:
This is up to you. Like any fiber, less washing is better for the garment. GARIN cashmere is made to be washed an unlimited amount of time.
HOW TO DRY A SWEATER:
Whether you wash your sweaters by hand or in the machine, you should never put them in the dryer. The dryer will cook/shrink your garment. To remove the excess water lay the sweater flat on a clean towel (preferable white or light-colored) and remove the excess water by pressing another towel on top to absorb the water. Remove the extra towel, reshape your sweater and let dry. You can also put your sweater on a drying rack but be sure to re-create its original shape. Let it air dry flat never hang your sweater on a hanger, this will cause shoulders to stretch.
HOW TO TREAT STAINS:
Gently massage the stain with a small cotton cloth or a very soft toothbrush and colorless soap. You may create small bubbles or irritate the stain out but you can always shave it away with the cashmere shaving brush or razor.
HOW TO GET RID OF WRINKLES:
You can always iron your sweaters; it will make them look brand new! Try to keep the temperature on the “wool” setting and use a thin cotton cloth in-between the iron and sweater if you are nervous. (Ensure the iron is clean!!!)
HOW TO STORE YOUR SWEATER:
Always fold your sweaters, do not hang them as this causes them to stretch and retain the marks from the hangars on the shoulders. For long-term storage, avoid plastic bins, where moisture and bugs can happily thrive. We recommend you use a cotton storage bag because bugs can't eat through cotton and it's breathable. This will ensure you’re not going to have any moisture where your seaters are stored. Always be sure to wash your knits before you store them away for the season. This is always good practice to avoid any chance of moth(s) hiding in your sweater. All it takes is ONE moth to develop a community.
HOW TO DE-PILL YOUR SWEATER:
The little balls that form under the arms, where your handbag lays on your shoulder-is caused by friction. You can de-fuzz your garment by using various tools. The same razor you use to shave your hair, a cashmere comb, or fabric shaver/de-fuzzer (pictured below). Always remember to work the tool in one direction.
And of course...Moths!
HOW TO DEAL WITH MOTHS:
Once you spot tiny holes in multiple sweaters (or one sweater) you must cleanse your closet! Empty everything out, vacuum, spray, clean and you must MACHINE WASH everything or take ALL your clothes to the dry cleaner to kill all the moths and their eggs. With your cashmere, wash them immediately dry them in a closed space where you know for certain there are no moths then suction them into plastic bags.