A Whistles guide to cashmere care
We huddled our in-house technical team together to bring you an insider’s guide on how to wash and care for your cashmere. This guide will help you maintain the quality of your cashmere with a process that is actually quite therapeutic - we recommend you put the radio on and relax into it.
Contrary to popular belief, pilling on cashmere is not a sign of poor quality or a design fault. The pilling is a natural characteristic of the long fibres and can be easily removed using a cashmere comb, electric depiller or a sweater stone. Avoid depilling precious cashmere pieces too often as this may result in holes.
Do not hang cashmere as it will de-shape your garment. To keep dreaded moths at bay, we recommend hanging mothballs in your wardrobe. Hanging rosemary in your wardrobe is an effective organic alternative.
Cashmere falls into the ominous hand wash only category. For best results, first clean out the sink to ensure there are no other cleaning products in there that may damage your cashmere. Alternatively, use a clean washbasin. Once clean, fill your sink or basin with cool water.
Add the recommended amount of fine-garment detergent and briskly run your hand through the water to distribute the detergent and generate suds. Investing in a specialised fine garment detergent will maintain the sumptuous, sink-into quality of your cashmere pieces. We recommend the Laundress cashmere shampoo, although, baby shampoo works equally well.
Turn your garment inside out and submerge the sweater, gently squeezing the suds through it. Spot treat any problem areas with a squirt of neat detergent and massage gently with fingertips. Rinse and repeat where necessary and allow the garment to soak for 10 minutes.
Drain the sink and rinse your sweater with cool water until the water rinses clear. Gently press water out and place it lengthwise on a clean, dry bath towel. Roll up the towel and press with your palms to squeeze out excess water - do not wring or twist.
Remove the sweater from the towel and smooth it out into its original shape. Lay the sweater flat on a dry towel and allow it air-dry, or use a drying rack if you have one. Button up cardigans and pull pockets straight and ensure that sleeves and hems are laid flat to avoid unsightly wrinkles.
Once dry, fold your cashmere with tissue paper to absorb any excess moisture.