How to Care for Cashmere
Cashmere is a delicate fiber. If dirt and dust are left untreated, it can cause insect infestation and pilling. The original texture and luster of cashmere can be prolonged by daily care and regular refreshing at the end of each season.
Let them rest a day or two between wearing
Once worn, let it rest for a day or two.
Cashmere is a fiber that is relatively resistant to losing its shape and absorbs moisture well, but it can be prone to shape changes, such as stretching at the ribs, when worn continuously. By spacing out the wear, the cashmere itself absorbs and dissipates moisture, and naturally tries to return to its original shape.
Brush after wearing. Use a soft brush to gently comb along the fiber. Cashmere knitwear is often worn in winter when the air is dry, and the static electricity generated when putting on and taking off the knitwear can easily cause dust, dirt, hair, pollen, and other fibers to stick to it, and the tangled fibers can lead to the formation of pilling. Lightly brush the garment to remove dust and other particles.
You can remove pilling with a commercially available pill remover. When using the electric pill remover try floating it slightly and stroking without pressing hard. Be careful not to get the knitted fabric caught and torn.
At The End Of The Season
Don't forget the insect repellent.
At the end of the season, freshen up the entire garment by washing and brushing, and store it in a low-humidity area with a clothes mothball. Mold and insect damage to cashmere fiber, a natural material, is surprisingly common. Most of the insect repellents on the market have the property that the volatile components go down, so it is effective to put them on the top.
Cashmere knit home laundry
Washing Cashmere at Home
Items with the "bowl" sign on the washing label can be washed with water at home. (Those marked with a cross are not allowed to be washed in water.) Some items can be washed in a washing machine, but it is recommended that you wash with your hands while observing the state of the product. (If you are not confident about washing them at home, please contact a professional clothing cleaner.)
For details on the laundry label, check Here. (Consumer Affairs Agency)
How To Wash Cashmere Knitwear
1. Before washing
Always check the washing label.
If there is a risk of color fading or damage to the material, test the product on an unaffected area before washing the whole item.
Remove any pilling or stains from cashmere products before washing.
Turn sweaters inside out.
2. How to wash
Fill a large container or sink with water. Keep the water temperature below 40 degrees Celsius(104 Fahrenheit). High temperatures can cause shrinkage.
As a guide, the amount of water should be 50 times or more the weight of the cashmere product. In the case of a general ladies' sweater 200g, about 10L or more.
Please wash one by one.
Add a ph-neutral detergent. (Use if you have a wool cashmere shampoo)
Thoroughly dissolve the detergent, soak it for 10 to 20 minutes, and then lightly press it to wash it.
Avoid strong scrubbing and push-washing as they tend to shrink and fluff.
If dirt is noticeable on the sleeves or collar, remove it with a light scrubbing.
Rinse with water of the same amount and temperature as when washing.
Rinse 2-3 times until the detergent foam is removed.
3. Dehydration / flat drying
Use the dehydration function of the washing machine to dehydrate in about 30 seconds to 1 minute. If possible, put it in the laundry net. If you squeeze it strongly with your hands, it will easily damage the fibers and cause fluffing, so the dehydration function using centrifugal force is convenient.
After dehydration, shape it and lay it flat on a large flat-drying net, and let it air dry in the shade without direct sunlight. Dryers are strictly prohibited as they can cause shrinkage.
If the washing label says that ironing is possible, ironing will give a beautiful finish. The trick is to set it according to the set temperature (usually medium temperature), lift the iron lightly, steam it, and stroke it quickly. Please note that setting a high temperature or pressing it like cotton products may cause shrinkage. Also, do not iron the buttons or metal parts.