Ultimately cashmere can last a lifetime if you treat it well!
A little TLC – when you wear, wash and store – will extend your cashmere accessories for years and years.
When you wear cashmere there will be natural friction which may create some pilling. Pilling is a term to describe the bobbling that appears on cashmere. Removing the pilling with a cashmere comb will ensure your cashmere looks as good as new.
Cashmere has natural antibacterial qualities meaning that you can wear cashmere several times before it needs to be washed. Airing the item and using a cashmere freshening spay can be more than sufficient after wearing it.
Of course, during wear, we can encounter situations where there are spills and stains and these need to be dealt with quickly. Spot treat the affected area with a cashmere spot treatment and hand wash using our step-by-step guide.
In short, cashmere should be washed in cool water with a cashmere specific detergent, lightly squeezed to remove excess water and lay flat to dry.
Cashmere should always be handwashed. No matter how tempting, avoid using a washing machine – even with a delicate/wool cycle – or a tumble drier at all costs if you want your cashmere accessories to last. Dry cleaning should be avoided too as dry cleaning utilises chemical products that can damage the natural cashmere fibres.
When you’re not wearing your cosiest cashmere make sure you store the items away to keep them safe. Before you store your cashmere accessories wash and dry the items following our step by step guide. Wrap the items in tissue paper and place them in a storage bag made of a natural material such as cotton or linen. Plastic and manmade store bags or boxes can cause the cashmere to sweat and should be avoided. Store your storage bag in a drawer or shelf and place some cedar balls nearby to deter moths.