Caring for Cashmere: Timeless Pieces Standing the Test of Time

Did you know the first cashmere product was socks? With all the different kinds of cashmere garments today, it’s hard to believe the first was a mere pair of socks. 

Cashmere sweaters today are much more popular than socks made out of the same yarn. It is a coveted material with a hefty price tag that makes us want to participate in proper cashmere care. 

If you own some, you probably wonder how to care for cashmere. Caring for cashmere can be easy when you know what you’re doing. In this guide, we will tell you exactly how to do it. 

Keep reading to find out how you can keep your cashmere clothing in perfect condition. 

Washing Cashmere

Despite what the label says, cashmere doesn’t always need to go to the dry cleaners. Cashmere should be hand washed in cold water with mild detergent. 

If you’re interested in getting your cashmere super clean and super soft, soaking it for two to three hours during the wash is recommended. 

Though some disagree, you may be able to use your washing machine to clean your cashmere. If you aren’t in the mood to hand wash your cashmere garments, you can turn your cashmere inside out for a gentle wash. 

Before putting them in the machine, be sure it is set to cold water for the shortest cycle possible. 

Dry Cleaning Cashmere

So, why shouldn’t you dry clean cashmere? Your cashmere garments probably say “dry clean only” on the tag. That is because cashmere is a delicate yarn. Cashmere comes from goat fur, which is similar to human hair.

When you subject the goats’ fur to dry cleaning, it’s like dry cleaning your hair. Instead, it should be hand-washed with a gentle detergent to shampoo the goat fur. 

You may be reminded of your hair after washing a cashmere garment. It is fluffier, shinier, and each hair is softer. 

Letting Cashmere Dry

Cashmere should be put out to dry. It should never get thrown in the dryer. Caring for cashmere after a wash includes laying it out flat in a safe area. Wet cashmere can take days to dry, so be patient. 

Do not wring the garment of water. Press out as much water as you can onto a towel. Then you may lay it out flat and wait for the rest to dry. 

Caring for Cashmere Between Washes

You may need to deal with small stains, pilling, or wrinkling between washes. When caring for cashmere garments, you will need a few cashmere care products to help you. They include the following items. 

  • A fabric refresher
  • A fabric razor
  • Lint tape
  • Stain solution and brush

Buying and using all these tools between washes will help with your cashmere care routine. Keep stains, pilling, and smells at bay. 

Storing Cashmere Garments

Storing cashmere garments correctly is essential. Heat, moths, and humidity can easily ruin cashmere. You might know someone whose favorite cashmere sweater was partially eaten by moths. 

Cedar rings can act as a moth repellent in your closet. Make sure you always store your cashmere garments in a resealable bag when they are clean. Moths are most attracted to soiled clothing.  

Is Your Cashmere Cared For?

Caring for cashmere is easy when you know what you are doing. By paying close attention to your cashmere and washing it properly, you can keep it nice for years to come. 

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