Care for Cashmere
Thought I Needed to Add This
After blogging about cashmere yesterday, I thought I needed to add a little about care and storage of your cashmere.
I have a variety of cashmere sweaters and so I don't wear one over and over again. Your sweater actually needs time to "rest" between wears. I do store my sweaters and scarves in a drawer and I put cedar chips in the drawer with them to prevent moths from "eating" them. Below I am putting a little bit on how to care for your cashmere and how to store it. Enjoy!
How to wash your Cashmere Sweaters :
Hand wash in lukewarm water using your hair shampoo. Be sure to dissolve the shampoo thoroughly then put the sweater into water. Rinse with hair conditioner, this would make your cashmere sweater softer. Wash colored garments separately.
Do not bleach. Squeeze gently, do not twist or wring. Twisting the wet sweater would stretch the shape of your sweater. Dry flat after removing excess water, away from direct heat and sunlight. Press with damp cloth, using a cool iron, iron from the inside of the garment.
How to store your Cashmere Sweaters :
Before storing your precious cashmere garments in basements or attics, check carefully for leaks, dampness and sunlight. Fold clothes or pack them neatly in tissue paper or plastic bag and store them in a closet away from light, dust and dampness.
Cleaning before storage is recommended, as fresh stains that may not yet be visible will oxidize and become fixed during storage; they may also be the food for moths. Moths have a discerning palate, they feast only on natural Fabrics. Mothballs (naphthalene) and cedar chips are standard protection from moth infestation of woolens. To store a pure cashmere sweater during summer, the most important thing is to keep moisture away, so please do not store your cashmere sweaters in a damp place. A well-sealed plastic storage box (available in cost stores) is any moisture inside). Make sure the box is dry before you put sweaters in.
To keep moths away, the first thing to make sure is that the sweater is clean before long-time storage. Pay close attention to any food stains as moths are particularly attracted to our normal food proteins and cooking oils. Those moth proofing products are helpful, or simply spray some perfume on a place of paper and put the paper next to your sweater inside the box.
Additional Care Tips for Cashmere Sweaters:
To keep your cashmere garments always clean and beautiful, here are some basic rules to follow:
Do not wear the same garment too frequently. Allow the garment two or three days’ rest after a day’s wearing. A silk or Pashmina scarf goes well with cashmere tops and cardigans. Used between Your cashmere top/cardigan and your neck, a scarf will also prevent powder or other cosmetics stains.
Blessings to all of you!
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:8-9