How to wash cashmere and care for it

Cashmere , also known as "pashmina", is a precious wool from the cashmere goat, which is native to regions in Central Asia, such as Kashmir in India and Tibet. This fine fibre has been prized for centuries for its softness and warmth, becoming a symbol of value and comfort in the world of fashion.
Maintaining it requires care and attention to preserve its softness and durability. Caring for cashmere requires gentle methods to prevent potential damage to the quality of the fabric, which is why we have collected all the valuable tips to follow for perfect laundry every time!

What is the difference between Merino wool and cashmere?

Merino wool and cashmere are both fine fibres used to create high-quality garments. However, they have some key differences in the way they must be washed and cared for to preserve their unique characteristics.

Merino wool, for example, is more robust than cashmere and can withstand machine washing, but it is always advisable to use a gentle cycle at a moderate temperature. Additionally, a special mild detergent for wool is preferable to prevent fibre damage. It is important to avoid using bleach or fabric softener. After washing, garments should be dried by laying them on a flat towel, away from direct sunlight or sources of excessive heat. Be careful: Merino wool tends to shrink when exposed to high temperatures.

On the other hand, cashmere is more delicate and requires special care. It is preferable to hand wash cashmere using cold or lukewarm water and a mild detergent for wool. Avoid rubbing or twisting it during washing and rinsing. Dry cashmere by gently patting the garment with a towel to remove excess water and then laying it on a flat surface to dry, always away from direct heat sources.

In summary, the main difference is that, while Merino wool can tolerate more mechanical washing and can be dried more robustly, cashmere requires a more delicate approach and more careful washing and drying methods to prevent damage to the fine and delicate fibres.

How to hand wash cashmere

As you may have guessed, hand washing cashmere requires care and a gentle touch to preserve its softness and quality. Machine washing is out of the question, obviously. It is better to hand wash instead. Start by filling a sink or basin with cold or lukewarm water. Add a mild detergent specially formulated for wool or cashmere, stir gently and wash the garment by soaking it and gently pressing the fabric down to ensure that the detergent penetrates. Do not rub or wring. Let the garment soak for 5-10 minutes, but avoid prolonged soaking.

After washing, gently rinse the cashmere in clean water, pressing gently to remove the detergent. Avoid wringing or twisting the fabric to prevent damaging the fibres. Instead, pat gently with a clean towel to remove excess water, making sure not to rub. Finally, lay the cashmere on a dry towel or flat surface to dry, gently shaping the garment to its original form.

Remember not to use bleach or fabric softener and not to expose cashmere to direct sunlight or excessive heat when drying. Hand wash carefully and follow these gentle steps to maintain the quality and beauty of your cashmere garment.

How to machine wash cashmere garments

Washing cashmere garments in the washing machine requires additional precautions to prevent damage to the highly prized, special, delicate fibres. First, check the garment's label to make sure machine washing is recommended. Use a laundry bag or pillowcase to protect the cashmere during the wash. Set the washing machine to a gentle cycle and use cold water. Then, choose a detergent specifically for wool or cashmere and add the recommended amount.

Avoid overloading the washing machine. Once the cycle is complete, remove the garment from the washing machine immediately to prevent excessive creasing. We strongly advise against using the spin cycle, which could damage the delicate fibres. After removing the garment from the washing machine, gently pat it with a clean towel to remove excess water. Do not rub.

Finally, lay the garment on a dry towel or flat surface to dry. Avoid direct exposure to the sun or excessive heat, which could cause shrinkage or damage. Remember that machine washing can be riskier than hand washing. Use this option only for garments that allow it. Always take precautions to maintain the quality of the cashmere.

What is the best detergent for washing cashmere?

Chanteclair Wool and Cashmere Detergent is ideal for preserving the beauty and life of these fine garments. Specially formulated for delicate fibres, this detergent offers a gentle, targeted cleaning solution without damaging the fabric structure. Its gentle formula is free of harsh chemicals, bleach or ingredients that could cause shrinkage or weaken fibres.

This type of product is essential for protecting cashmere garments, helping to preserve their quality over time. Using a detergent specially formulated for the needs of cashmere gives you the peace of mind that you can enjoy the benefits of this luxurious fabric without fear of damage or deterioration.

Take note!

Washing cashmere requires special care and attention to preserve its softness and beauty. This exquisite fibre is known for its delicacy and must be treated with care. Here are five essential tips for the best way to wash cashmere:

  1. Read labels and instructions: always check the care labels of your cashmere garments before starting. This will provide you with valuable information on the manufacturer's recommendations for washing. Follow these instructions to prevent unwanted damage.
  2. Hand wash in cold water: cashmere is best washed by hand. Fill a sink or basin with cold or lukewarm water and use a specific wool or cashmere detergent. Gently soak the garment and let it soak for a few minutes. Do not rub or twist the fabric.
  3. Gentle washing and rinsing: when washing, refrain from rubbing or twisting the cashmere. Use light, gentle movements to clean the garment. Rinse thoroughly in clean water, pressing gently to remove the detergent without stressing the fibres.
  4. Gentle drying: after rinsing, do not wring out cashmere. Pat with a clean towel to remove excess water and lay the garment on a dry towel or flat surface, shaping the garment to its original form. Avoid direct exposure to sunlight or excessive heat.
  5. Use the right detergent: invest in a detergent specifically for wool and cashmere. These products are specially formulated to treat fibres and remove dirt gently without causing damage.

Washing cashmere requires patience and dedication, but if you follow these tips, you can enjoy your fine garments for a long time. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and use gentle washing methods to help preserve the quality and softness of cashmere over time.

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