How to Look After Your Cashmere - Taylor Bell

How to Look After Your Cashmere

Many of us enjoy the luxurious sensation of wearing delicate, warm and silky cashmere garments and, for us, keeping our cashmere feeling this way for as long as possible is crucial. This all comes down to how well you look after your cashmere and how to correctly wash this beautiful fabric to ensure the feeling of forever-freshness continues.

About cashmere:

Cashmere is a type of wool that is extracted from the plush undercoat of the Kashmir goat, which is softer and finer than sheep's wool. The goats are only able to produce 4-6 ounces a year which makes it expensive and, therefore, not accessible to everyone.

Why is cashmere so expensive?

Cashmere is known for its incredibly soft and warm yet lightweight and breathable qualities, making it a must-have fabric all year round! Higher grade cashmere is also very durable and elastic so it holds its shape well over time, allowing the wearer to enjoy it’s high quality and warmth for years to come.

However, these qualities along with the complicated, time and labour-intensive cashmere production methods make the material very expensive. Prices vary according to the type of cashmere fabric, as well as the quality of construction.

How to look after cashmere?

Try not to catch the material: Cashmere will often pill, or shed fibers, over time but will pill especially rapidly where friction occurs. It is common for women’s cashmere jumpers or cardigans to pill in the crook of the arm or on the shoulder where they carry their handbags. Be mindful of where you carry your handbag whilst wearing your cashmere.

Don't machine wash: We recommend only hand washing your cashmere and preferably try not to wash often. We suggest one of the best ways to keep your cashmere looking fresher for longer is only to wash it once you've worn it between three to four times.

Step by step guide on How to wash cashmere?
Cashmere is one of the most delicate natural fibres in the world, so it should always be hand washed or dry cleaned. Follow these simple guidelines:
1. Wash by hand 
Hand wash with cashmere shampoo, however, if you don't have this a mild detergent will do the job just fine. 
2. Squeeze 
Squeeze the suds gently through the fabric without rubbing, stretching or pulling the garment. 
3. Rinse
Rinse thoroughly in water of the same temperature.  
4.Don't lift once saturated 
Do not lift the garment whilst its soaked with excess water as this can alter the shape of the garment. 
5. Keep Flat 
To dry, do not wring or squeeze the garment hard, lay flat on a towel to leave to dry naturally. Keep away from direct sunlight and radiators. 
6. Cool Iron 
When dry, press lightly with a cool iron. 
Voilà! And there we have it. 
We hope you enjoyed our blog about how to look after cashmere. Take a look at our cashmere collection including cashmere scarves, jumpers and cardigans in a range of beautiful colours. HERE

 


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