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CASHMERE CARE & CLEANING GUIDE

A GUIDE TO OUT LUXURY SCOTTISH CASHMERE FOR MEN

CASHMERE EVERYDAY CLEANING

Our long association with fine Cashmere garments has allowed us to acquire a unique knowledge of how to clean and care for luxury Cashmere sweaters.

Laundering expensive knitwear is best done by hand in preference to Dry Cleaning which gradually strips the Cashmere of its natural oils.

Hand washing may seem like hard work but years of due care and attention will result in cosy perfection and a garment which only seems to feel softer with every wash.

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STEP 1 GARMENT PREPARATION

Remove any pilling from high wear areas such as underneath the arms using a Cashmere comb. This is particularly advisable prior to the first wash which will remove any loose hairs which have worked their way to the surface of the garment during initial wear.

If the garment has any leather detailing such as buttons or a zipper it is advisable to cover them in cling film to avoid causing the dye to run.

Turn the garment inside out as you should any luxury item during cleaning to protect the outer surface and any features from damage.

STEP 2 WASHING PREPARATION

Fill a spotlessly clean sink, bathtub or any other suitable basin with lukewarm water of the temperature no higher than you would use to bathe a child.

Add the recommended amount of Cashmere shampoo (this is usually no more than 50ml). We suggest using a detergent such as Woolite, Shampoo from The Laundress or if you are unable to source a specialist product it is safe to use 30ml of Baby Shampoo.

STEP 3 WASHING

It is advisable to wash each item of clothing individually to avoid discolouration.

Submerge the garment in the soapy water and gently massage allowing the knitwear to soak up the detergent. Do not twist, stretch or rub the sweater as this may cause it to misshape; a delicate kneading will suffice.

Rinse quickly and Repeat the first process.

Leave the garment submerged to soak for 5 to 10 minutes.

STEP 4 RINSING

Run lukewarm water over the sweater to remove the excess soap and continue until there is no trace of shampoo when the garment is squeezed gently.

Lightly manipulate the Cashmere until the majority of the now clean water is removed.

STEP 5 DRYING PREPARATION

Wrap your pullover in a large clean towel and gently press allowing the towel to absorb some of the excess water from the garment.

Using a flat surface, on a fresh towel gently arrange the sweater in its former shape. Be sure not to stretch the garment paying particular attention to the cuffs and welted bottom.

STEP 6 DRYING

Lightly roll the sweater inside the same towel and remove to a warm room or cupboard away from direct sunlight.

Do not tumble dry or hang the sweater to dry as both methods will distort the shape and lead to stretching.

Allow up to three days for the sweater to dry naturally as this will keep the fibres supple resulting in optimum softness in wear.

STEP 7 PRESSING

Lightly press the dry sweater with a cool iron to return it to its former condition.

PROTECT CASHMERE AGAINST PILLING

Pilling is the formation of small balls on the outside of a garment caused by the abrasion of short, loose fibres that have worked their way to the surface of the fabric.

Some pilling is likely to appear in most new garments. During the spinning and knitting process there will naturally be some loose or excess fibres the presence of which will result in a little pilling; however in high quality garments this is unlikely to persist after the first wash.

Most commonly pilling occurs in areas of high friction such as underneath the arm as it passes the body when walking or moving, this is to be expected but it should not be overly noticeable in a densely knitted, good quality sweater.

Lower quality garments are produced using the shorter and coarser fibres from the back and legs of the Hircus Goat. These sweaters are knitted loosely to keep the amount of Cashmere used to a minimum.

To give an appearance similar to their more luxurious counterparts they are often given a large amount of surface fibre which, whilst initially pleasing to the touch, will roll easily into balls and be the main cause of long term pilling.

When wearing your luxury Cashmere sweater excess pilling can be avoided by protecting them from areas of day to day high friction such as car seatbelts, bag and briefcase shoulder straps and the edges of tables and desks.

Should your garment begin to require the sort of attention that only experts can provide, you are welcome to return it to us and we will arrange for it to be reconditioned by our manufacturer in Scotland free of charge.

SUMMER CASHMERE STORAGE

When their purpose is made redundant by the warmer weather it is advisable to store your Cashmere garments individually in sealable storage bags to protect from possible moth damage.

Specialist garment bags are available for storing Cashmere, but large zip-close freezer bags will also prove suitable. Freeze the sweaters overnight to kill any potential moth larvae. Lauder your garments thoroughly prior to summer storage; moths are particularly attracted to remnants of skin, hair and food, and perspiration residue provides optimum warmth for larvae to develop. Ensure that your sweaters are entirely dry before storing as any dampness may result in the development of mould.
Store your sweaters in a clean, dry place away from any direct sunlight. During a long storage period it is recommended that you give your sweaters a periodical shake to dispose of any dust and possible moth eggs. Cedar balls deter moths with their scent and should be stored outside the bagged garments to protect the storage area from infestation. Other effective products such as sprays are available from specialists.