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Alright, here is some information about how to clean and care for your cashmere collection. *****SUPER IMPORTANT: The following applies to KNIT fabrics, not WOVEN fabrics found in many suits and blankets.*****
- Wait for your deodorant to dry before putting on your sweater. This will help keep the deodorant from building up on the inside of the sweater. It's a giant PIA (pain in the you-know-what) to remove.
- Do not wear perfume. It can stain your sweater and attract moths (boo!).
- Do not wear the same sweater more than once in a four/five day period.
- Try to keep your sweater away from rough items: purses, jewelry, etc. These items can cause pilling, a snag, or even a hole! (gasp!)
- I do not recommend dry-cleaning your cashmere sweaters unless you need specific stain removal treatments.
- Wash your sweaters in your PRE-CLEANED sink or a large Tupperware bin. (Please don't wash your cashmere after you have just washed dishes. Come on now...)
- Be cautious with bulky, large pieces. They become extremely heavy when they are filled with water.
- Do not hold up a wet piece of cashmere by the shoulders, this will stretch your sweater. Keep your sweater in a lump when you go to pick it up when wet, fully supported by your hands. Think: BLOB. Let it be a blob.
- Wash you cashmere in cold water. NEVER use hot water, it will cause your sweaters to shrink.
- Use hair shampoo (after all, cashmere is goat hair...) or a mild detergent made for fine fabrics. Personally, I use Cashmere Wash from the Laundress. J Crew now sells it!
- Agitate the water and detergent before you put the sweater in. You want it to be as evenly distributed as possible.
- Press and squish the soapy water through your sweater. Do not wring, twist, or rub. SQUISH!!
- Drain the sink and rinse with the same temperature of water that you used for washing. A sudden change in temperature will cause your cashmere to shrink. So if you used warm-ish water to wash, use warm-ish water to rinse.
- After rinsing, squish and squeeze as much water as you can out of your sweater. DO NOT wring or twist. I keep my sweaters in a ball and press it in between my hands. Kind of like checking a basketball for air pressure... How else can I describe this... SQUISH the BLOB.
- Lay out your semi-wet sweater onto a towel and roll it up. Press out as much water as you can with the towel.
- Remove the sweater and lay it out on a fresh towel or drying rack, making sure to put the sweater back into its original shape. It will dry however you place it, believe me. (Tip: if you want to shrink or stretch a sweater, now is the time to do it- see my other post about this).
- Keep your sweaters away from heat sources and windows.
- Air Dry.
- TAH DAH!
**I originally wrote this post before I had the pleasure of owning a fancy washing machine with a hand wash cycle. I now use the hand wash cycle for my cashmere. If you trust your machine, GO FOR IT but don't blame me if something bad happens to your sweater, lol. If you don't trust your machine, stick with the hand washing I described above**
- If you don't feel comfortable removing stains yourself, take your sweater to a dry cleaner.
- Treat stains IMMEDIATELY with cold water and a stain remover. I use Zout and I love it.
- After your stain remover has penetrated, wash your sweater as normal. Do NOT rub or give much special attention to the stained areas. You'll rub a hole. (I know from experience, lol)
- I do not suggest this because I do not want to be responsible for mistakes, BUT: a relative of mine got a beauty oil on her cashmere sweater when a container opened in her suitcase while traveling. As far as she was concerned, the sweater was ruined so she let me fiddle with it. I used a wool carpet stain remover and it worked! I placed a towel inside the sweater, under the stain, and applied the remover. I let the remover soak into the sweater, then pressed it out with another towel. I did this over and over, pressing out the stain to the towel underneath. After it looked OK, I washed it as normal and it was as good as new.
- Clean your sweaters before you store them. Moths are attracted to natural fibers, especially when they are dirty or stained. Ever notice how they never go for your faux-wanna-be-cashmere-acrylic sweaters?
- When you store your pieces, fold them around a piece of tissue paper to help prevent wrinkles. Honestly, I never do this. Lol. I use a steamer when I have a pesky wrinkle.
- Do not store your sweaters in plastic. I suggest using sweater bags that are breathable, but keep critters out.
- DO NOT HANG YOUR SWEATERS, period. Seriously. Take my word for this, people.
- Use a sweater shaver to remove pilling. Do not press hard or you will shave a hole into your sweater. (I also know this from experience... See why I made this blog?)
- You may iron your sweaters on low, while inside out to remove wrinkles. Or steam!! That's what I do.
Ask questions if you need help!