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Winser London’s Guide to Cashmere Care

 

The ultimate in soft, downy yarn, cashmere of the highest grade is a well-made investment. Winser London’s prestigious pure 2-ply cashmere is the highest quality ‘super-fine’ yarn, hand combed from goats which roam free in Mongolia and knitted with expertise for a luxuriously soft hand-feel. Cared for well, cashmere maintains its original quality for decades.

How to Clean Cashmere

Dry clean: if your garment has embellishment, buttons or is of a loose knit, dry cleaning is the best option.
Hand wash: to hand wash a garment, soak it for a few minutes in cool water with a small amount of woollen detergent such as Woolite or baby shampoo. Rinse well and do not use fabric softener.
Machine wash: place the knit inside-out in the machine on a cold or 30 degree woollen or delicates cycle with a slow spin speed, using a small capful of woollen detergent such as Woolite or baby shampoo and no fabric conditioner.

How to Dry Cashmere

Lie the garment flat on a towel, roll it up and gently press out the excess water. Unroll and reshape if needed. Air dry flat on a mesh drying rack (see Lakeland or Amazon), away from sunlight and direct heat. Avoid hanging the garment up as water will flow downwards and stretch the material. Never tumble dry cashmere.

How to Deal with Pilling, or 'bobbling'

Pilling is the natural result of everyday friction against the knit's surface and can be resolved by combing the garment with a de-pilling comb. It is not a sign of the poor quality of your cashmere garment, but simply part of its unique character. Lie the garment flat once it is dry and lightly brush a de-pilling comb over it to remove loose fibre 'bobbles'.

How to Remove Creases from Cashmere

Either use a steaming machine or lie the garment flat and cover with a clean, damp cloth. Press lightly with a steam iron.

How to Store Cashmere

To avoid stretching, fold the garment and store it flat in a clean drawer or on a shelf, preferably in a pile of no more than three knitwear garments.

How to Deal with Moths

There are a number of things you can do to avoid moths or deal with the problem of moths.

Prevention:
Ensure the garment is perfectly clean when you put it away. Store it with lavender bags or cedar wood balls or line the drawer or shelf with anti-moth paper. Make sure the drawer or storage area is completely clean.

Cure:
To break the lifecycle of moths in your wardrobe, try Entopest sticky traps, which kill the male Common Clothes Moth (Tineola Bisselliella). To get rid of moths from a garment, place your cashmere in a sealed plastic bag and put it in the freezer overnight. This will kill the moths and won’t have any negative effects on the material.

Cashmere repair

Love Cashmere offers a complete re-dress and repair service. See www.cashmerecareservice.co.uk

Follow these steps, and we guarantee your cashmere will be in the best condition for a long time.

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