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How To

Clean And Preserve Wool & Cashmere At Home

Oct 5, 2015


Think of wool and cashmere as dry clean only? Think again. Not only do these fabrics clean up nicely, washing them actually helps to preserve the fibers, so that your favorite cardigan or preferred pullover lasts longer while saving you time and money. Follow the steps below to clean and preserve your wool and cashmere at home.

Gather These Tools:

The Laundress Stain SolutionThe Laundress Wash & Stain BarThe Laundress Mesh Washing BagThe Laundress Wool & Cashmere ShampooThe Laundress Wool & Cashmere SprayThe Laundress Sweater CombThe Laundress Cashmere Brush

STEP 1:
Pretreat

Take the Sting Out of Stains: Treat stains with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar by applying directly to the spots and susceptible areas like underarms, necklines, and cuffs. 

Say no to Odors: Mix ¼ cup of The Laundress Scented Vinegar with tepid water and soak the items for 30 minutes. You'll enjoy the benefits of white vinegar with a product that smells beautiful. 

Put It In Reverse: Prepare to wash by turning every item inside out to avoid friction and fading. Wash with the same or like colors only.

STEP 2:
Handwash & Rinse

Draw a Bath: Add two capfuls or a squirt of pH neutral Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to a wash basin or sink filled with cool water. While other popular wool washes have a high pH level that is harsh on wool and cashmere, The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo is pH neutral to protect delicate yarns. Plus, it can be used on every type of delicate fabric. 

Go Under: Submerge your items and gently agitate them with your hands to evenly distribute soap and water. Soak for up to 30 minutes. 

Rinse Clear: Run cool water through items until rinse water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, gently press the water out of your items between your hands or against the sink. 

Note: If there is color in the water, don't worry! It's normal. The yarn dye is simply releasing color and you will not notice any loss of color after the wash is complete. 

OR
Machine Wash

If you must wash in the machine, we recommend removing knits promptly from the washer to reduce creasing. Follow these steps for the best results:

Bag It: Turn items inside out and place them in a Mesh Washing Bag to protect them from agitation and friction that can cause pilling. 

Select Your Cycle: Select the woolens or delicate cycle on your washing machine and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low. Add Wool & Cashmere Shampoo according to the machine type and load size.

STEP 3:
Dry & Finish

No-rush Drying: Lay the items flat in their natural shape on a drying rack or clean towel. When drying, avoid direct sunlight and heat sources, such as the radiator, because they can shrink or damage wool. Never hang wet wool.  

Quick Drying: Lay one item flat on a towel. With the item in its original shape, roll it up in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove the excess water. 

Steam it Up & Stay Fresh: Ironing can crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns. Instead steam to remove wrinkles, odors, bacteria. You can also spritz The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray between wearing and washing. It's a safe nontoxic, allergen-free fabric spray that naturally repels bugs and moths. 

STEP 4:
Pills & Lint

Banish Pills: Remove pills on fine gauge yarns by gliding The Laundress Sweater Comb across pilled areas.  For heavier gauge items, glide the The Laundress Sweater Stone over pilled areas. Always work tools in one direction. 

Brush for Beauty: Use The Laundress Cashmere Brush between wears to remove lint, fuzz, and hair and release natural oils that rejuvenate yarns. 

STEP 5:
Storage

Get Into the Fold: Always store knits folded to prevent stretching or distorting. 

Make Pests Bug Off: Prevent bug and moth infestation by storing knits in a breathable cotton/canvas bag with a zip closure. Always clean items before storing to avoid providing a "food source" of proteins for bugs.

Shop the Story

Stain Solution 16 fl oz
$18.00

Wash & Stain Bar
$6.00

Mesh Washing Bag Bundle
$15.00

Wash & Protect your Items in the Wash

Sweater Stone
$18.00

Remove Lint & Pills From Thick Knits

Wool & Cashmere Shampoo 16 fl oz
$19.00

Wash & Preserve Woolens

Wool & Cashmere Spray 4 fl oz
$10.00

Freshen & Deodorize

Scented Vinegar 16 fl oz
$12.00

Sweater Comb
$18.00

De-Pill Fine Knits Safely

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