HOW TO CARE FOR CASHMERE?

So you did it. You bought your premium quality cashmere made ethically and sustainably, and at a fair price.

Congratulations!

Keep in mind the cost per wear – the longer it lasts, the better it offsets the price you paid.

And thanks to your sensible purchase decision, you got yourself a versatile pure cashmere jumper that can be layered up or worn on bare skin all year-round through years. That means lots of wears.

But how to get the most out of this investment, achieving the maximum benefit of the cashmere properties, while prolonging your expensive cashmere’s lifespan and keeping the hassle at a minimum?

Good news is that sticking to a 3 stage practical cashmere care guide will ensure that your cashmere sweater lasts at least for 30 years.

We are going to walk you through this guide right here with easy to follow detailed steps + a bonus tip.

You are about to become a cashmere care expert!

Stage 1 – Routine Maintenance

 

Stage 2 – Laundry

Pure cashmere is odour resistant because of its natural antibacterial properties1, unlike all man-made and cellulose fibres. As such, it inhibits the proliferation of odour-causing bacteria. So as long as you don’t have any accidental spillages, you don’t need to wash it after each wear.

Follow the instructions on each garment’s care label carefully.

Below is the recommended washing method ONLY for 100% cashmere knitted garments (not applicable to woven fabric such as suits, coats or throws):

Stage 3 – Storage

Before you put away your cashmere for an extended period, wash or dry clean it even if there are no visible stains.

Not only because it will eventually become noticeable due to oxidation, but to eliminate traces of hair and skin that can potentially attract female moths.

Quiet places like the fold of your jumper are where these pests lay their eggs. The hatched larvae feed on the keratin of the cashmere fibre, which they find delicious, along with other natural protein fibres.  

Take the following steps to avoid moths eggs:

  1. Hand wash or professionally dry clean your garment.
  2. Fold rather than hanging it to preserve the shape.
  3. Put it in a washable and breathable cotton bag. If possible wrap your cashmere in acid-free tissue paper beforehand as it prevents discolouration and dust collection.
  4. Store it in a drawer, with something that smells foul to them. Female moths can be repelled by strong scents like:
    • Bundles or sachets of mixed dry herbs such as lavender,  thyme, spearmint, rosemary, bay leaves, cinnamon or cloves – Change every 4 months.
    • Cedar balls – Change every 6 months
    • Red cedar shavings – Change every 6 months.
    • Dry-cleaning chemicals – Up to twice a year.
    • Mothballs – avoid those as they stink and contain toxic substances like naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, which are actually pesticides. Your organic cashmere and your family will thank you.

Bonus tip:

Whether you found moths in your closet or you just want to give a refreshing boost to your premium cashmere in between washes, freeze for two days enclosed in a plastic bag. The low temperature will kill moth eggs and temporarily neutralise the odour-causing bacteria.  


References

  1. Dr Patil Kiran Annaso, Deakin University, March 2013, Australia, Fabrication and Applications of Ultrafine Powder from Cashmere Guard Hair (submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy)
  2. Leeder, J. D. (1984) Wool – nature’s wonder fibre, Ocean Grove, Vic.: Australasian Textiles Publishers

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