With a little bit of care your cashmere or baby alpaca garment can age wonderfully and last a lifetime. Please always read the care label for your garment before cleaning.
When handwashing it is important to use a hand-wash liquid (we recommend Number 3 Eco Wash for cashmere and wool by the Clothes Doctor) or specially-formulated wool shampoo. Normal biological washing detergents include enzymes that will ‘rot’ the fibres over time and can ruin a garment.
We recommend the following process for hand-washing:
Water & Shampoo: Turn the garment inside out and place in lukewarm water containing the cashmere hand wash liquid. Gently press the water through fabric and swirl – do not rub, wring, stretch or soak for more than 20min
Rinse: Using clean cold or lukewarm water rinse the garment until the water is clear. Gently squeeze out excess water, taking care not lift the garment when it is saturated with water as this can cause misshaping
Dry: Place your garment on a bath towel, on a flat surface and smooth the garment back into shape. Roll into the towel and gently squeeze the excess water and then dry flat, away from sunlight or direct heat sources
Iron: If required, you can press lightly on reverse with a cool iron
Tips for Storing Your Cashmere or Baby Alpaca Garments
Moths are the worst enemy for cashmere or baby alpaca! Always store your garments clean, as dirt can attract the moths. Lavender sachets and cedar balls may help to prevent moths.
If you are not wearing your garment regularly, make sure you air and clean wardrobes and drawers and shake out garments periodically. Have a quick look over – moths like nooks such folds.