How to: Care for Cashmere
Luca Faloni’s cashmere garments are crafted in Northern Italy, using pure cashmere from Cariaggi fine yarns collection. Maintain the longevity of your knitwear by learning how to care for cashmere. With a little love and attention, you can ensure your cashmere remains a luxurious wardrobe staple, to be enjoyed for many years to come.
Cashmere comes from Mongolian goat hairs and can therefore be washed in water, either by hand (recommended option) or washing machine. If your cashmere is stained, dry cleaning is the best option. Always turn the garment inside out. For hand-wash use cool water (30°C), and a delicate or specialist washing detergent Ph 8+. You can also use baby shampoo to maintain an ultra soft texture.
By machine, wash your cashmere knitwear only on a delicate, wool or hand wash cycle at a cool temperature 30°C, using a short cycle on a low spin (no more than 30 minutes). Be careful not to leave the garment inside the machine after washing.
Never wring water out of your cashmere as it mis-shapes the delicate fibres. Instead place a towel on a flat surface and lay the garment over it. You can then remove excess water by gently rolling and pressing the towel to make it absorb the water.
After the excess water is removed, lay the garment on a flat surface or on an air drier, and gently stretch it to its original shape. Let the garment dry at room temperature away from direct heat and sunlight. Never hang cashmere garments to dry as they will stretch and lose shape.
To remove creases, turn your garment inside out and iron at a low temperature with a cloth between the cashmere and the iron. Never iron directly onto the garment.
Pilling is normal for cashmere due to the shorter fibres compared to wool. When this starts to be more noticeable, it can be easily removed using a cashmere comb.
Lay the dry garment on a hard, flat surface and brush from top to bottom, moving horizontally and applying the necessary pressure. This process will make the garment look like new. After this initial pilling removal session the garment will pill less often, but it is good practice to repeat this once per season.
The cardinal rule of cashmere storage: fold, don’t hang as it will distort the shape of your garment.
When not using for an extended period, place inside a dust bag or resealable garment container to protect it from moths; place lavender or moth balls inside. Hanging rosemary in your wardrobe is an effective organic alternative.
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