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The Care and Keeping of Your Cashmere Collection - Easy as 1-2-3

by Dominik Smrek on June 01, 2023

Nothing beats the thrill of scoring a new cashmere item. It's kind of like bringing home a new pet, only less responsibility and no early morning walks. However, similar to pets, your cashmere scarf, blanket, cape or stole needs a little TLC (Tender Loving Care) to stay in peak condition. Not to worry, though - caring for cashmere isn't rocket science.

Understanding Cashmere

First, let's get to know your cashmere. It's softer than a whisper, cozier than a kitten, and sourced from the undercoat of cashmere goats. It's the VIP of the fashion world, and with your help, it can stay that way for years.

Hand Wash: The Cashmere Spa Day

Cashmere items can't just jump into the washer with your jeans and t-shirts - they need a bit more pampering. Here's how:

  1. Preparation: Fill a basin with lukewarm water and add a squirt of baby shampoo or a mild detergent designed for cashmere. Harsh chemicals are a big no-no, just like pineapple on a pizza.

  2. Soak and Swirl: Submerge your cashmere item in the water and gently move it around. Be careful not to stretch or wring it out - we're not trying to make cashmere noodles.

  3. Rinse: Drain the soapy water and gently rinse your item with fresh, lukewarm water. Keep going until all soap has left the party.

  4. Dry: Finally, lay your cashmere flat on a clean, dry towel and roll it up to squeeze out excess water. No wringing, remember? Leave it to air dry and your cashmere will come out fresher than a daisy.

Storing Your Cashmere

When it's time to store your cashmere items, think of it like a winter hibernation:

  1. Clean Before Storing: Always clean your items before storing. Moths are attracted to dirt and body oils, and we're not running a B&B for insects.

  2. Folding Over Hanging: Hanging can stretch your cashmere. Instead, fold and tuck them into a drawer or on a shelf. Think of it as their very own comfy bed.

  3. Keep Moths at Bay: Moths aren’t fans of cedar or lavender. It's the insect version of having to listen to your least favorite song on repeat. Use that to your advantage!

Dealing with Pilling

Pills on your cashmere? Not a problem. Just gently remove them using a cashmere comb. It's like giving your cashmere a new haircut, but less scary.

Final Thoughts

Keeping your cashmere items looking their best is a bit like taking care of a gremlin: no harsh sunlight (bleaching), don't get them wet (machine washing), and absolutely no feeding after midnight (actually, this doesn't apply, but you get the idea). Treat them right and your cashmere will keep you cozy and stylish for years to come. Remember, happy cashmere, happy life!

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