Pure cashmere is incredibly soft, comfortable, and versatile. When properly taken care of, cashmere can last season after season and year after year. Below are our favorite tips for making your cashmere last forever and look as good as new every time you wear it.
Hand Wash Instead of Dry Clean
While professional dry cleaning works, it’s always better (and easier) to wash by hand at home. You don’t need to wash your cashmere after every single wear, but when you do, you should wash each piece individually in a small basin.
Natural fibers can pill from the friction of regular wear, especially when you have brand new cashmere. Handy items such as lint tape, fabric shavers, or cashmere combs should be used regularly after each wear to keep the fuzz from building up on your favorite pieces.
Using a good cashmere spray between your wears helps your cashmere last longer before you need to wash them. A good spray such as this one from The Laundress will help to remove odor while adding a fresh, cedar scent.
If you need to remove any wrinkles, steaming is the perfect solution as cashmere works well with moisture. After you are done steaming, lay your cashmere flat on a towel to let it dry fully.
When you aren’t wearing your cashmere pieces during the warm seasons, make sure you are storing them in a safe space away from heat, humidity, and moths. You should never hang your cashmere. Instead, fold it carefully and keep it in a dry drawer. You can put your cashmere in a breathable garment bag or wrap it in acid-free tissue paper. You can also use cedar rings, which help eliminate moisture and odor.
Deodorants and Perfumes
If you are frequently wearing deodorant, perfume, or lotion, make sure your products have been absorbed properly into your skin before putting on your cashmere. Do not spray perfume directly onto your cashmere and make you wait for products such as deodorant to dry first.
For step-by-step details on how to hand wash your cashmere at home, click here.