Cashmere Clinic- tips for washing your cashmere

Rue Jacob has launched the first EVER online cashmere clinic to repair or redress any of your old favorite pieces. Seriously, who doesn’t have an old comfy irreplaceable jumper in their cupboards?

All the infos on how to get a quote and send your garment is found on the main menu tool bar at the far right.

In the meantime, we’d like to share some cashmere care tips to make sure you look after your cashmere like we do.

If hand washing cashmere, do so in lukewarm water using shampoo (we recommend Johnson Baby Shampoo); be sure to dissolve and dilute the shampoo thoroughly before immersing the knit. The trick is to put as little as possible! Then, gently squeeze the suds through the fabric, taking care not to rub the garment too much as this may cause shrinkage and increase pilling. Rinse the garment in cool, clean water, squeezing gently without twisting or wringing.

You can also machine wash most cashmere, however you must adjust your water temperature to cold (NEVER select 30° as you don’t have any control on the water temperature and it can be slightly more than 30) and use a low cycle. It is also a good idea, if you are machine washing, to turn your cashmere inside out to protect the buttons.

Dry your cashmere flat on a towel. Don’t hang to dry as your cashmere will stretch!. Also be sure to dry away from direct heat such as radiators or sunlight as this can potentially damage the fibres.

When dry, press lightly with a cool iron. NEVER tumble-dry a cashmere garment.

Always ensure that cashmere is carefully washed before putting away for winter – dirt attracts moths! Store out-of-season cashmere in a cotton breathable garment bag.

Do not store cashmere sweaters by hanging them on coat hangers as this can distort the shape of the shoulders of cashmere jumpers and cardigans. It’s always best to neatly fold them.

Against moths:
We do recommend cloves, lavender, rosemary, thyme, dried orange peel and cedar, wrapped in a handkerchief to avoid staining.