Care for your cashmere and your cashmere will care for you. From how to clean your cashmere to storage tips, consider this your cheat sheet for making your most treasured knitwear last longer
How to wash cashmere
M&S cashmere is machine washable; however, it’s best to wash your knits inside out on a gentle cycle using a mild detergent for the best results. If you prefer to hand wash your favourite cashmere jumpers and cardigans, use warm water and do not wring, stretch or rub the fabric, as this can distort its shape. Roll the garment in a clean towel and press to remove excess water before drying it flat, away from direct heat and sunlight. Press with a cool iron, et voilà.
How to store cashmere
Cashmere’s pliability means it is best stored folded on a shelf in your wardrobe, or in a drawer, rather than on a hanger. (Unless you like pointy bits on your shoulders…) Better still, a box with a secure lid (or a zip-lock bag) adds an extra layer of protection from pesky moths. Ensure your cashmere jumpers are clean when storing them during the summer months – otherwise, they will be irresistible to moths looking for the perfect spot to lay their eggs. It’s the hungry larvae that create the holes, after all.
How to prevent pilling
Do not despair at the sight of tiny fuzzy balls on the surface of your cashmere – they’re natural and some light pilling is to be expected. Use a cashmere comb to remove the bobbles and any pilling should consolidate over time, adding to the downy fluffiness of the garment, referred to as the ‘halo’. Washing cashmere knitwear and accessories inside out will also minimise the amount of rubbing to the fabric, helping to reduce pilling.
Words: Dulcie Emerson