Cashmere is a special material and needs a special kind of care. Now that you’ve already spent a lot of money on buying it, why not spend some time and energy on cleaning it in the proper way, so that you can enjoy your beautiful collection for as long as possible.
Contrary to much of the advice that is posted on the internet, dry cleaning is not the best option when it comes to cashmere. The chemicals used in dry cleaning can break down the fibres and damage its colour. You should care for cashmere in almost the same way as for your own hair, because that is what it is: a hair.
Here is the ideal process for cleaning your garment:
Step 1 – what you need:
Ecological soap/detergent or baby shampoo, a baby brush, warm water, a basin.
Step 2 – remove sweater pills
Every cashmere garment will eventually pill, it’s a natural process.
The easiest and least aggressive way to remove the pills is using a baby brush or a very soft tooth brush.
Step 3 – how to start
Fill a basin with luke-warm water and add a very small amount of ecological detergent or baby shampoo. A teaspoon should be more than enough.
Step 4 - cleaning
Soak the sweater for 15-20 minutes and then swirl it gently for 2-3 minutes. Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Press the water out without wringing.
Step 5 - remove the water
Roll the sweater in a clean towel pressing down on the roll to help the towel absorb the water.
Step 6 - dry
Lay the item flat on a drying rack or a clean towel.
Never hang a cashmere sweater―it will cause shoulder dimples, and the pull of gravity will distort the overall shape.