How to wash a cashmere sweater

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How to wash a cashmere sweater
Wash a Cashmere Sweater

Instead of sending your cashmere sweater to the dry cleaner, wash it! Many people don't realize that cashmere can be hand-washed, and that such care will prolong the life of the garment.

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Things you need

  • Clean Dry Bath Towels
  • Stain Removers
  • Baby Shampoo

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    Buy a detergent specifically intended for fine garments.

  2. 2

    Fill your sink or basin with lukewarm or cool water, depending on the garment's washing instructions. Add the recommended amount of fine-garment detergent to the basin.

  3. 3

    Briskly run your hand through the water to distribute the detergent and generate suds.

  4. 4

    Submerge the sweater and gently squeeze the suds through it.

  5. 5

    Let it soak for 20 minutes.

  6. 6

    Drain the sink and rinse your sweater with lukewarm water until the water rinses clear.

  7. 7

    Gently press water out of the sweater and place it lengthwise on a clean, dry bath towel.

  8. 8

    Roll up the towel. Press with your palms to squeeze out excess water.

  9. 9

    Remove the sweater from the towel and smooth it out so it is back in its original shape.

  10. 10

    Lay the sweater flat on a dry towel and let it air-dry, or use a drying rack if you have one.

Tips and warnings

  • Dry-cleaning cashmere is also a viable option. However, as cashmere is a delicate fiber, excess chemical treatments may shorten your sweater's life.
  • Wringing out your sweater may pull it out of shape.
  • Sunlight can fade your sweater, and other heat sources may wear fibers prematurely. It's better to let your sweater dry naturally indoors, away from sunny windows and heat vents.
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