Caring for Cashmere


Cashmere sweaterCashmere is a delicate wool knit that requires special handling and care to preserve the integrity of the fabric. Since cashmere sweaters can snag, absorb odors and attract dirt and stains relatively easily, it’s important to clean and care for cashmere sweaters with mild cleaning products and to find ways to protect this fine fabric.

Follow the following steps to care for your cashmere sweaters:

Treat stains immediately with cold water and mild soap. Both men’s and women’s cashmere sweaters should be hand-washed; stains can be removed easily as soon as they appear. Gently rub a mild soap into the stain using a soft cloth that has been immersed in cold water.

Keep the cashmere as straight as possible when cleaning. Wringing or twisting cashmere sweaters while washing or rinsing can damage the delicate fibers, so it’s important to lay the sweater out on a clean and flat surface so it can dry naturally.

Allow the cashmere sweater to air dry. Dry-cleaning processes or home dryers can be too harsh on the fibers and put the cashmere sweater at risk for burning or losing its shape. Lay the sweater out on a clean and flat surface so it can dry naturally.

Protect cashmere fibers when storing in a closet or drawer. Since cashmere is such a delicate fabric, you’ll need to protect it from other fabrics and surfaces it comes into contact with. Use a piece of tissue paper to separate cashmere sweaters from other sweaters and clothes when stacked in a drawer or armoire.
Iron the sweater on the lowest setting. Cashmere sweaters can scorch easily, so remove wrinkles using only the lowest heat setting of the iron or steamer.

Keep the sweater away from heat sources and direct sunlight when storing to protect the integrity of the fibers and preserve the sweater’s color.

If you are washing the sweaters in a sink, make sure the sink is completely sanitized first or the cashmere fibers will absorb bacteria and odor.

Be careful when using deodorants, make-up and lotions, because these can stain or discolor cashmere.