Wool and Cashmere Care and Tips
Care instructions- Wool and Cashmere
Due to the high quality and delicate nature of the wool yarn used to weave your scarf, it is recommended that you dry clean or gently hand wash this item. Never machine wash your wool items. Please see the garment’s label for care instructions.
Hand-washing Wool and Cashmere:
Caring for wool and cashmere is easy, but there are a few rules to follow. Hand-washing using cool water is a good method of cleaning wool. Be sure to use a delicate washing detergent or specialist wool shampoo (using a drop of baby shampoo in the water work as well, as this helps to maintain its soft, fluffy texture). Gently squeeze, rather than vigorously rub, the suds through the garment to clean, and then rinse thoroughly to finish. When rinsing, use the same temperature water as you used to wash. Once washed, never wring the garment – rather absorb excess water by gently pressing with a towel. Lay the item out on a towel, gently roll up (like a sausage roll) and lightly press. Unroll and reshape by hand and lay it flat to dry in an airy place. Avoid hanging your wool garments up to dry, as it will cause them to stretch and lose their shape and definitely do not tumble dry. Keep it away from heat sources like radiators and sunlight, allowing it to air-dry naturally.
To de-crease, iron inside-out on the lowest heat setting using a damp cloth between the cashmere and the iron, keeping it moving. Or, if you can, gently steam it using a hand-held steamer.
Storage of Wool and Cashmere goods:
As a general rule, any stored clothes need to be kept well-aired, dust free and covered, away from sunlight. Nothing should be left in direct sunlight as sunlight rots fabrics. Do not use cardboard boxes to store your cashmere in - they are not pH neutral so the chemicals in the fabric could react with the acid or alkaline in the boxes.
For long term storage, please wash and pack you wool items away in airtight bags or containers. If you can, wrap your cashmere in acid-free tissue paper, which preserves original colour and protects against damp and dust. Sachets made of lavender oil are also recommended, as are cedar chips or cloves. Tip! You may even wish to place some cedar shelving in your closet for a long-term benefit.
Another tip is to freeze your cashmere. Simply put them in a plastic bag and freeze for a day or overnight. Then defrost them slowly, dry and store away.