How to care for your Cashmere jumper
Lucky enough to receive Cashmere at Christmas? Here's how to keep it soft
There's nothing quite so luxurious as a silky-soft pair of Cashmere socks, or the feel of a Cashmere knit against your skin. Keeping this special fabric in tip-top condition requires a little extra work - but it's worth it. Follow these expert tips from Peter Hahn:
How to wash Cashmere
As with any luxury fabric, Cashmere requires your tender loving care: treat it right and it will last for many years. Begin by turning your Cashmere inside out (where applicable). Fill a tub with luke warm water, then add a small amount of baby shampoo and a squeeze of hair conditioner. This will help to condition the delicate goat hair in the knit. Once in the water gently rub the fabric and leave to soak for a few minutes. To dry the garment, wrap it gently in a dry towel and squeeze lightly to wring out excess water and then lay flat away from direct sun and artificial heating.
In a rush, throw your cashmere in the freezer for quick deodorisation
The best way to store Cashmere
Be sure to wash your garment before storing to help keep the moths away - but make sure to dry it carefully. Water is your greatest enemy when it comes to storing your cashmere. Because cashmere is a natural fibre, any exposure to moisture over a long period will degrade the fabric and cause it to rot. As such, it is a great idea to fold you garment neatly and then wrap it in tissue paper to help absorb any moisture in the air. Place in a water-proof box or a sealed bag away from sunlight to ensure no moths can get a taste for your prized cashmere.
Cashmere can begin to create little balls of fluff after being worn for a long period of time. This fluff normally occurs where the fabric naturally rubs, like under the arms of a jumper. To rid your garment of this fluff, you can use a razor gently applied to the surface to eliminate piling.
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