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Cashmere Care Guide | How To Wash Cashmere

Learn How to Wash Cashmere Products learn from the expert team at Alchemy Story. This cashmere Care guide will help you to keep your cashmere products looking their best for longer. Exclusively lightweight, warm, and super soft, cashmere clothing is also long-lasting if you look after it. But while this luxurious fabric has a reputation for being high maintenance, it’s actually easier to clean and store your cashmere clothing than you think. It can be washed at home and should not stop you from upgrading your wardrobe with a few cozy cashmere pieces. If you clean, dry, and store your cashmere properly, it’s easy to keep it in excellent shape. Here are our step-by-step instructions on how to wash your cashmere products.

When to wash your cashmere products

Remember that you shouldn’t wash your cashmere after every wear. A long-handled boar-bristle cashmere brush will help remove lint, fuzz, and dust between wear and washes. A cashmere comb will also help remove stray pills, without damaging the knit. We recommend the Alchemy Story Cashmere comb for better results. You can also purchase one from Alchemy Story.

Spot-treat the stain in Cashmere

Try to treat any stains on cashmere clothing straight away. Set-in stains are much harder to lift off. Never use OxiClean or anything with bleach on cashmere. Instead, use water and baby shampoo to clean the stains or you can use stain remover. Make sure to check the label of the stain removers. To remove a stain, put a small amount of baby shampoo on a cotton swab and rub it into the stain. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing out the stain with water or washing your cashmere.

How to Wash your Cashmere

Fill a clean sink or basin with lukewarm water (never hot water). Add baby shampoo to the water.

Do not use fabric softener as it leaves a chemical coating on cashmere fibers instead use a few drops of white vinegar which act as a natural softener.

Submerge your fabric in the water, and move it around to loosen up any dirt.

Let the cashmere product soak in the soapy water for about 15 minutes, giving it a few gentle swirls every now and then, and rinse out the soap by re-submerging the cashmere product in clean water in a sink.

Do not place your Cashmere Clothing under running water because doing so can damage the fabric.

Gently squeeze out excess water from the Cashmere Clothing. You can compress it into a ball and squeeze the water, or use the towel-rolling method. Lay a white bath towel flat on a surface, place your fabric on top of the towel, and then roll both together, squeezing to get more water out.

Whatever you do, do not wring your cashmere.

How to Prolong the Life of Cashmere Products

Never hang your cashmere products, as the weight of the garment will stretch it out of shape.
Store cashmere folded in a drawer or on a shelf
Always wash your garment before putting away to prevent moths and bugs which are attracted to dirt
The Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils will help to naturally deter moths and bugs
During summer, when garments are not being worn, store them in fabric bags, along with some cedar wood balls.

At Alchemy Story, we provide you Silk Pouch with every purchase. You can use it to store your Cashmere products.

Cashmere and Piling

After wearing your new cashmere garment for the first few times you may find small balls of fiber forming on the surface. These small balls or ‘pills’ are caused by some of the loose fiber tangling together as areas of your garment are rubbed during wear. The nature of cashmere is to pill and can be easily removed by hand or by using a cashmere comb. Like a fine wine, cashmere will improve with age if cared for properly. we recommend you use a cashmere comb with all your cashmere products. Once you notice thicker balls of pilling form, take your cashmere comb to your fabric. It won’t hurt the fabric as long as you’re doing it where actual pilling exists.

How to Iron your Cashmere

We recommend steaming with a steam iron for the best and safest finish, as opposed to ironing which may crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns and pull it out of shape. To keep the clothing piece perfectly rounded hood, steaming is by far the best way to finish. If you hover the steam iron over your cashmere fabric without pressing down, it will take any creases away like magic.

Looking for a new cashmere wrap to love and take care of? View all our cashmere scarves or cashmere travel wraps.

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