Hand washing will always produce the best results. Investing in a specialised fine garment detergent is worth the investment, however, baby shampoo works well as an alternative. Add in the recommended amount to cold water. Turn your garment inside out and submerge in the water. Spot treat any stains with a small amount of neat detergent and gently massage. Rinse and repeat where necessary and allow the garment to soak for 10 minutes.
Gently press water out and place it lengthwise on a clean, dry bath towel. Roll up the towel and press with your palms to squeeze out excess water – do not wring or twist. Gently press down onto the roll to help the towel absorb the water. Unroll the towel and place your sweater in its natural shape on a flat surface and allow it air-dry, or use a drying rack. Button up cardigans and pull pockets straight and ensure that sleeves and hems are laid flat to avoid wrinkles. Once dry, fold your cashmere with tissue paper to absorb any excess moisture.
Pilling & Repairing
Pilling on cashmere is not a sign of poor quality or a design fault. The pilling is a natural characteristic of the long fibres and can be easily removed. You can either use a cashmere comb or electric debobbler or remove them by hand. Avoid depilling precious cashmere pieces too often as this may result in holes. Whether due to a pesky moth or a snag, holes in cashmere can be repaired. If the hole was created by a moth infestation, make sure you freeze the piece before you do anything else.
Do not hang cashmere as it will de-shape your garment. To keep dreaded moths at bay, we recommend hanging mothballs in your wardrobe or cedar balls or lavender sachets. Also hanging rosemary in your wardrobe is an effective organic alternative. Remember to replace these products each season as their smell is what detracts the moths. If you are storing your knitwear over a longer seasonal period, place the pieces into plastic zip-lock bags so that moths can’t penetrate.