Cashmere is known to last for a long time, and many consider it a long-term investment in garments therefore it’s highly logical that you will want to keep it pretty much in the same quality as it was when you brought it. Some of those well versed and knowledgeable about cashmere have stated that this well-insulated material can have a life of up to 30 years! This is at least 10 times the average lifetime of the average clothes garment which WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) has determined to be only 2.2 years.
Preserving your cashmere in suitable storage is something you definitely want to consider, there are many different storage products that you can use to protect them such as specifically designed compartments using materials that help to preserve the cashmere or even acid-free tissue paper. The general consensus is that in doing this you help to “maintain the original colour and protect against damp and dust” as stated by The Telegraph.
Although you will also want to take this step-in order to prevent deterioration of your cashmere garments via moths which will eat your precious cashmere away! As acknowledged by Moth Prevention, these moths are known to “feast on valuable garments like cashmere or silk” and many acknowledge that one key factor in preventing this is correct and careful care precautions must be taken. It is also interesting to note that it has been suggested that the scent of Cedar is known to be a natural moth repellent.
Another key aspect of ensuring that your cashmere stays in perfect shape is knowing the correct washing instructions. When washing cashmere, it is highly advisable that you use cold water as this will make the cashmere less likely to shrink during the washing process. Although it is possible to wash your cashmere in the washing machine using the handwashing option on your machine, many people actually prefer to hand wash their cashmere as it is considered a more ecological alternative, cost-effective and you can monitor how the cashmere is being washed.
When handwashing cashmere, be mindful of the detergent that is used. You want something light and not to heavy otherwise this can affect the end product of the cashmere after the washing process. You can use a cost-effective option like baby shampoo or a specifically designed cashmere & wool detergent.
Contrary to popular belief, many think the most important step is the washing of cashmere but actually the drying is equally as important. Let your cashmere dry naturally and do not try to alter it from its original shape. Neither twist it nor stretch it but rather lightly squeeze it. Once dry, you may notice a few wrinkles. Now you may feel tempted to iron it but if you can, opt to use a steamer instead which will be gentler yet effective on the wrinkles. However, from first hand-experience, you can use an iron however you need to be considerably careful and I would advise as low as a heat as possible whilst gently going over the cashmere.
By taking these following steps, you are already on your way to taking excellent care of your cashmere and preserving it for the long run. Stay tuned for more informative posts.