Known for its quality, reliability, and mainly its ability to retain heat, the wool extracted from the cashmere goat is up to eight times warmer than normal sheep wool.
The most sophisticated threads of our knitwear deserve special care. Learn our tips on how to wash and preserve your cashmere for many seasons.
Being a delicate piece, your cashmere must always be washed by hand. Start the cleaning by making sure the basin is free of any residue to avoid staining or damaging the piece. Once the cleaning is finished, fill the basin with cold water.
Dilute a reasonable amount of neutral soap in the water. Turn the cashmere inside out and immerse it in the soapy water. If you find any localized dirt, deposit a little soap and rub gently. Rinse and repeat the process if necessary. Then, just leave the piece submerged for 10 minutes.
Drain the wash water and rinse the piece with cold water until all the soap is removed. Remove excess water by gently pressing and place the piece on a dry bath towel. Wrap the cashmere with the towel and press again to remove the remaining water. Do not twist the piece during the process. Open the piece in its original shape on another towel and wait for it to air dry.
At the end of drying, press tissue paper onto the piece to absorb any remaining moisture.
Cashmere will indeed make balls over its lifespan. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a synonym for poor quality. But a characteristic of the fiber itself, which is made of long fibers. When they come loose from the weave due to friction, these fibers form small balls, which you can remove manually or with an appropriate remover.
Avoid hanging cashmere on hangers, as this will deform the piece. Store it folded and, to prevent the emergence of moths, hang a little sprig of rosemary inside the closet.