Cashmere is a luxurious material, often used to make warm winter clothing such as coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves. It is a fiber made from the wool of cashmere goats. It is soft and light with excellent insulation. However, these fibers also have a fine texture and are easily damaged. Cashmere clothing therefore requires additional care to keep it looking its best.
Buy cashmere blend
Buy a garment made from a blend of ordinary wool and cashmere. This type of clothing will be stronger and last longer than a garment made from pure cashmere.
Length of your cashmere coat
Consider the length carefully when buying a cashmere coat. A short coat is stylish, but it won’t protect your legs from cold weather. On the other hand, a long hemline will attract debris more easily.
Light or dark color cashmere?
Choose the color of your cashmere garment. The fine fibers of cashmere pick up lint very easily, which is less obvious on darker colors. Everyday cashmere clothing should therefore be dark, and you should reserve light-colored cashmere clothing for special occasions.
Cleaning cashmere clothes
Clean cashmere garments more frequently to remove the lint. This type of clothing typically requires dry cleaning. But for cashmere sweaters and scarves, even though the cleaning label may say “dry clean only,” you can hand wash them individually with a mild detergent like Woolite or Essence. Handwashing cashmere may even make it softer over time. However, never wash cashmere in the washing machine.
When washing cashmere by hand, take care not to wring the sweater. Press out the water and then lay it flat on a towel to dry at room temperature. The towel will absorb excess water from the sweater and help it dry faster. Do not put it in the dryer!
Wash your cashmere once or twice a season. Always clean it before putting it away for the next season.
Removing stains from cashmere clothing
Treat stains right away. If you blot spills immediately and then take your garment to the cleaners to be professionally removed, stains won’t develop later.
If your cashmere garment is especially valuable, or have special trims such as leather, or sequins and beads, then consider using our best quality dry cleaning service, Classic Care.
Do not put cashmere sweaters on hangers. The sweater will stretch due to its own weight, and the hanger will cause shoulder dimples. Instead, store folded sweaters over padded hangers in a well-ventilated closet or in drawers. Remember to remove belts, empty pockets, and close any zippers as well. To avoid a line running down the middle of the sweater, fold each side of the sweater inward by a third. Smooth the arms down, and fold in half.
About Utopia Cleaners
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