Since I am such a fan of cashmere, and have built up quite a collection over the years, I thought I would share my tips on caring for it. It is fairly easy and you definitely don’t need to spend a fortune at the dry-cleaners…
1) Always wash cashmere separately (with other wool items) from your main wash.
2) Always use the ‘Hand Wash’ or ‘Wool Cycle’ on your washing machine – this should be 20/30 degrees or the snowflake symbol on the washing machine. There’s no need to dry clean.
3) Never spin on more than 800 – ideally it would be a 600 spin.
4) Put your cashmere jumper in a delicates bag in the washing machine. (Although sometimes I forget to do this and I can’t tell the difference)
5) Try using baby shampoo (inexpensive and very gentle) in the liquid dispenser. Otherwise Stergene for delicates will do.
6) Always dry flat. I use our old baby changing mat to lay out the jumper and leave it in the boiler room to dry overnight. If you don’t have a boiler room, then flat against a radiator works too.
7) I always iron my jumpers on a cool setting as it flattens out the fibres and they look finished. This is optional though.
8) Buy a cashmere comb (or a pony wool comb) and comb after a few wears to remove pilling. I would advise against using a fabric shaver on cashmere. I think they are too aggressive and you can end up cutting the fibres
9) Don’t wash your cashmere after every wear, unless you really need to. Wear it two or three times before washing. I keep mine in a delicates basket and tend to wash them altogether when I have enough of a wash to put on.
If you stick to these rules, your cashmere should last. Unless of course the pesky moths invade. I am afraid I don’t have any magic tips for deterring moths. The buggers love cashmere and will completely destroy it, given the chance. When storing, make sure that your jumper isn’t scented with perfume as they are attracted to strong smells. It’s also a good idea to vacuum your wardrobe.
Speaking of knitwear, the Me+Em sale is on, and some of my favourite jumpers are in it!
They also have some gorgeous cashmere joggers which have gone into the sale.
I hope the cashmere care tips help!