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.
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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