Cashmere, the sound of it conjures images of sophistication. Like fine diamonds, caviar and pearls….
Like all prized possessions you might want to know how to care for your favorite sweater, so we've decided to share some of our secrets about cleaning, storing, so that you can and enjoying a long lasting relationship with your Cashmere sweaters.
Use hair shampoo, YES, hair shampoo for your cashmere! Wash you cashmere in COLD water. NEVER use hot water, it will cause your sweaters to shrink. I personally use a Lavender smelling shampoo called Lavender Avalon Organics Shampoo they sell it in a 32 fl oz pump bottle. Why Lavender? You might ask… It is because Lavender deters some of those critters that love to make holes in your sweaters.
Now make Some SUDS! You want to agitate the water and detergent before you put the sweater in. You want it to be distributed evenly. Squash and Push the sudsy water into your cashmere garment. SQUASH, do not TWIST or SWIRL!!
Rinse the suds out of your garment by draining the sink, and then running COLD water (the same temperature you used before) You don't want to SHOCK the cashmere with a temperature change because it WILL strink!
Squeeze the rest of the water out of the sweater being careful NOT to TWIST or SWIRL!! Your sweater should be all bunched up in a ball after all the squeezing, and that's GOOD…. Keep it in a ball and cary it to your drying spot. Place the sweater shaping it into a normal shape on a towel. This is your opportunity to make the body a little wider, or the length a little longer. Now, ROLL the sweater into the towel and squeeze the excess water out of the garment.
Next, you'll need a fresh towel to place the damp cashmere garment back into its original shape again molding it to exactly how you want it to fit. You want to make sure it looks nice and SWEATER like!! It will dry exactly how you've placed it (any funny creases or bumps will be funny bumps when it dries).
Air Drying until it dries. Please note: Don't put it near a heat source, or close to a window, as mentioned above, temperature changes will shrink the fibers.
Ready, Set, STORE It! We'll get to that topic at a later time…