Ask the Laundress
I have finally created the wardrobe of my dreams over the last two years. My treasures include several lovely Dries Van Noten cashmere and wool sweaters and Mayle silk dresses.
Alas, I've had my first silk dress dry cleaning mishap and one of my Mayle dresses - a sort of matte, thick silk material - came back looking as though it had been left in the press too long. It was a stiff material with chemical residue spots.
So my questions are, is it not better to hand wash most silks, cashmeres and wool? If so, what products would you recommend?
Your wardrobe sounds fantastic! Keep those pieces away from the drycleaner!
We hand wash all our delicates, such as silks, laces and embroidery, with our
Delicate Wash. We also machine wash these items in Mesh Bags on the delicate/gentle cycle. When drying, we always line dry or lay the garment flat in its natural shape.
I recommend washing your stiff dress and see if you can redeem it! It is also helpful, especially with silks, to have a steamer to revive that silky luster after it is dried.
To care for your wools and cashmeres, follow our washing wool and cashmere recipe on our website. You should use our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo when treating such items.
The only blend or fiber which is unpredictable is rayon. I learned this lesson years ago with a Diane von Fustenberg wrap dress which shrunk to a mini T-shirt.
These steps are a little more time consuming than dry cleaning, but Lindsey
and I started this company because of all our treasures being ruined!
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Delicate Wash 16 fl. oz.
Wool & Cashmere Shampoo 16 fl. oz.
Stain Solution 16 fl. oz.
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