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We recommend dry cleaning for all cashmere and pashmina items.
How to wash your Cashmere Garments
· If you do opt for washing your cashmere items at home, please follow these instructions (cashmere coats, jackets and pants should never be washed at home):
· 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 Garments
· 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 woollens.
· 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 most stores) is good enough (a see-through one is better as you can notice that if there 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 piece of paper and put the paper next to your sweater inside the box.
Additional Care Tips for Cashmere Garments
· 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.
· Do not wear a cashmere garment next to rough clothing, metal necklaces, bracelets, belts and rough leather items such as crocodile leather bags. Dress up your cashmere with a silk scarf and pearl accessories instead of accessories with a rough surface.
· Pilling is caused by abrasion during regular use. It often develops around elbows, on the seat of skirts, and in areas rubbed by a bag or briefcase, even a seat belt. Soft, fuzzy surfaces are more susceptible than others. So for cashmere products, some pilling is normal after repeated usage.
· To avoid pilling, it is important not to allow the cashmere garment to rub against rough clothing, metal accessories, bags and belts.
· To remove pills, please do one of the following:
Step 1: Buy a plastic de-pilling comb, designed for this purpose, at a fabric or drug store (Evercare brand available at most drugstores for $3 to $5). This comb is much smaller than any hair comb you could find, and it has stiff, tiny teeth about 1/8 inch (3 mm) long.
Step 2: Lay the clothing or blanket on a flat surface.
Step 3: Hold the fabric taut with one hand. With the comb in the other hand, use a brisk but gentle stroke to remove the fuzz.
Step 4: Repeat as often as necessary.
Use a battery-operated fabric shaver. You can buy these for between $6 and $20 at any of the following websites:
· Evercare Fabric Shaver at www.drugstore.com
· Fabric Shaver stores at www.nextag.com