Here are our tips and suggestions for the maintenance of your cashmere garments.
Advice on cashmere
- Cashmere loves water
For a good hand wash: wash by hand in warm water with a delicate quality detergent. Leave it to soak for about 15-30 minutes. Press the head with a light “massage”, do not twist or rub. Rinse with clean water at the same temperature as the wash.
For a good washing in the washing machine: machine wash with a delicate program for 30 ° woolen garments; less than 30 ° is counterproductive, because the dirt particles do not dissolve, at more than 30 ° the fiber is likely to get damaged.
- And after washing?
Centrifuge in the washing machine at low rpm, dry flat, do not hang. If you want, when it is almost dry put the head 2 minutes in the dryer at low temperature, manually remove the excess fiber (pilling phenomenon) with a soft brush or the appropriate comb.
Stiral with steam iron at medium temperature.
- What is pilling?
In the first stages of using a pure cashmere garment, a superficial excess of fiber called “pilling” can occur. Pilling is that particular process that leads to the formation of small irregular dots of fibers called “pills”.
These pellets are formed by rubbing or friction mechanisms, and are not to be considered a sign of lower quality of cashmere, but a natural consequence of use. After two or three washes the excess hair will disperse to make room for the “heart” of the fiber. You can manually remove the excess fiber with the help of a soft brush or the appropriate comb.
- A couple of suggestions ...
Do not wash your cashmere garment every time you wear it! After a day of use, leave it in the open air and wash it only when actually necessary.
Allow your head to rest between 2 uses for at least 24 hours. during this time, the elastic fibers have the ability to relax and to rediscover and enhance the new softness that distinguishes them.
- And at the change of season?
In the middle seasons and in the hot season, pure cashmere garments are more exposed to the aggression of moths that are “greedy” of this fine fiber. Keep the spare thread supplied with the garment because it is valuable for any minor repairs.
Keep your items washed and cleaned in boxes or airtight bags and in the middle seasons, when you’re still using your clothes, spray an anti-moth product regularly in the closet.
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Cashmere Company is an expert in cashmere, the natural textile fiber obtained from the undercoat of the goat hyrcus, native to the mountainous regions of Asia.
The strong thermal excursions of its habitat have induced in the cashmere goat the development of a dense hair ten times warmer and lighter than sheep’s wool, able to protect it from both low and high temperatures.
To collect cashmere, a manual coat combing is performed during the winter season.
The best quality coat is the duvet, with an average / annual production of between 100 and 200 grams for each adult animal (in the same period a merino sheep or an adult alpaca provide around 5 kg of wool). True cashmere must always consist of 2 twisted threads.
The high quality of cashmere is due to the purity of the yarn and to the fiber section (between 14 and 18 microns), the longer and thinner the fiber the more precious the cashmere is obtained. The cashmere yarn costs about € 165 per kg and to make a cardigan you need the fleece shorn of at least 3 goats.
So a good quality cashmere knit can not have a low cost if not for the poor quality of the yarn and the presence of impure fibers.