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I recently took a bunch of sweaters out of storage in a basement which included about a dozen cashmere sweaters. I took these along with all of my suits, which included a Polo Ralph Lauren Cashmere sport coat to the dry cleaners because I was afraid of moths. I don’t think they have ever been dry cleaned before. My question is, did this ruin them?
You can absolutely launder your cashmere sweaters with our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. If any of the sweaters have embellishments, we do suggest hand washing. Otherwise, you can launder in the machine with like colors.
Pretreat any staining with our Wash & Stain Bar. If you choose to launder in the machine, turn item inside out and place in a mesh bag. Add our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo directly into the drum or detergent dispenser. Make sure the machine is set to the Delicate or Woolen cycle. Most importantly, the water temperature must be cold/cold or risk shrinkage.
Sport jackets only need to be laundered about once a year. For your Ralph Lauren cashmere sport coat, it might be best to bring it to a green dry cleaner, such as Slate NYC. The green cleaners will help to keep the structure of the coat. We have a washing service where we do launder cashmere sport coats. However, the process is more time consuming and requires other equipment, such as a steamer, which you might not have in your home. I've included the contact information for Slate NYC below.
107 Horatio Street
New York, NY 10014
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Wool & Cashmere Shampoo 16 fl. oz.
Wool & Cashmere Spray 4 fl. oz.