Storing Cashmere for Summer
As we quickly approach the summer months, we bid adieu to our winter clothes. These pieces have kept us cozy and comfortable when the weather outside was crisp and chilly. With the welcoming of the warmer weather comes the farewell to our warm and cozy cashmere sets. We say a grateful goodbye as we trade them in for our light and breezy summer pieces. But before you toss your cashmere pieces into a dresser and forget about them until the following winter, make sure you know how to properly store them. Properly storing and taking care of your winter clothing can ensure a long wardrobe life and can help you avoid clothing moths! Follow the steps below to properly store your winter clothing so it comes out looking and smelling just as fresh as when you put it in.
1. Wash your cashmere
Cashmere is a delicate material, one that with the proper care can be as long-lasting as it is luxurious. With a little love, your CASHE pieces can last you a lifetime. Before storing your CASHE garments, you must wash them properly. Laundering your cashmere before stashing it helps prevent moths from chewing holes through the material during the hotter months.
2. How to Wash Your CASHE garments
First, you start by prepping the tub with lukewarm water and a few squirts of wool/cashmere cleanser (a good alternative is natural hair shampoo) Submerge your cashmere item in the bath, and gently swirl it for 30 seconds. If removing a stain, gently massage the affected area. Then, let the garment soak for 30 minutes. Using a washing machine? Turn inside-out, place inside a mesh washing bag, and wash on delicate in cold water using a few squirts of cleanser (or shampoo). Once passed, drain the remaining water and rinse with cool, clean water. Once the soap is gone and the water runs clear, gently remove the excess water by pressing your cashmere into a ball. Resist the urge to wring, as this can disfigure the fibers of your garment.
3. How To Remove Pilling
Once dry, you can comb your CASHE garments to remove any pilling. Pilling occurs when friction from normal wear and washing causes shorter fibers to separate from the cashmere yarn. To help you defrizz and remove pills, we offer our CASHE Double Edge Cashmere Brush for purchase on our website. With this comb, brush through the garment in one direction and watch the pills disappear, leaving your cashmere looking new and fresh.
4. How to Store Your Cashmere Garments
Once your cashmere is freshly cleaned and de-pilled, it is ready to store! For the ultimate protection against moths, store your folded cashmere in breathable cotton storage bags alongside our CASHE cedar rings, which are available for purchase on our website. The oil produced in cedar repels moths, preventing them from laying larvae and creating holes in your cashmere garments. These cedar rings will also protect your pieces from odor and moisture during long-term storage. Once inside the cotton storage bags, you can place your cashmere inside any closed-top container to keep them safe during the hot summer months! Taking proper care of and storing your CASHE pieces will ensure that your cashmere provides long-lasting warmth and comfort to many more winters to come!