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RS Living: Cashmere Care Guide

by Riley Studio |

We want to help you look after your Recycled Cashmere pieces, and any other cashmere garments in your wardrobe, so that you can keep them in the best condition possible. Cashmere is an incredibly delicate fibre but with the correct care, your cashmere products will last for years to come, providing you with the ultimate wardrobe staple. 


There is a popular misconception that cashmere has to be dry cleaned or hand washed, but with the right settings, a washing machine is more beneficial. Hand washing can leave a lot of room for error and done incorrectly can damage the fibres, dry cleaning on the other hand flattens the fibres. The other thing to note is that your cashmere needs washing a lot less than you might think, and leaving it to air will freshen it up quickly. 


We’ve listed instructions below with our top tips:



Washing Your Cashmere


  1. Place your cashmere products in a laundry bag or a pillowcase to protect it. 

  2. Add a small amount of cashmere wash to the machine drawer. We recommend the Laundress or Tangent GC, who both place sustainability at the core of their businesses as well.

  3. Make sure that the washing machine is set to delicate/wool or hand wash and is no higher than 30 degrees. 

  4. Once the wash cycle has finished, make sure you remove the products promptly.


Drying Your Cashmere


  1. Do not ring the products out but instead place it flat on a dry towel. Gently roll the product up in the towel to remove the excess water.

  2. Leave it out to dry flat, and away from direct sunlight and heat sources. You should not hang your cashmere on a clothes hanger as the weight of the water will cause the garment to stretch and become misshapen. 

  3. Avoid the tumble dryer at all costs as this will shrink the product.

  4. You can spray your items with a cashmere spray between wears to cut down the number of times you need to wash and dry. 

  5. When dry, steam it gently but do not iron!




Storing Your Cashmere 


  1. Between wears, we recommend folding your cashmere and storing it in a storage bag in a drawer or shelf. Keep it away from heat sources and sunlight.

  2. Avoid using hangers, even specialist ones as they can misshape your garment.

  3. If storing long term, place your cashmere in a cotton storage bag and place in a cool dark place to ensure no condensation affects the garment. Cotton is a natural moth repellent as well. 

  4. For added protection, store your garments with some Cedar Wood Balls or a lavendar bag, which is also a natural way to prevent clothes from getting damaged by mildew or moths.

Pilling


  1. Pilling happens due to the friction of everyday wear, as the fibres rub against each other. It is part of the nature of cashmere but can be removed.

  2. Should it occur, use a specialist cashmere comb. Lay out garment flat and lightly brush the comb over the surface wherever the pills are forming.

  3. Even if there is no pilling visible, you should comb your knitwear regularly to remove any loose fibres that may end up pilling.

  4. We wouldn’t recommend using a lint roller as they are harsher on the yarn.



Moths 


  1. If you think you do have moths, place your cashmere in the freezer for 48 hours in large sealable bags...this will kill off any eggs. Then go through the washing process and store safely away from any pesky moths!  

  2. Give the house a really good hoover, especially in your cupboard where there are any dark corners, they love living there. 

  3. For extra protection use moth boxes in your cupboard - this shows you if you are getting an infestation or not. 


We hope this helps but we’re always available to help with any questions, just e-mail us at hello@riley.studio.

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Image from Tangent GC