How can I wash my cashmere scarf?
Cashmere can be hand washed or dry cleaned. We recommend hand washing following the following simple guidelines:
Cashmere is one of the finest natural fibres in the world. This precious and delicate fibre is luxurious to wear, yet requires a little more care and attention than products made from coarser wools or other man-made fibres.
How can I wash my silk scarf?
Keeping your scarf clean is one way to prolong its life. The best cleaning method by far is hand washing in a delicate soap. It is much gentler on silk than some of the other cleaning methods. Dry cleaning is comprised of harsh chemicals, and this could affect or damage your scarf.
1. Fill a sink or large bowl with tepid water. Add a small amount of mild detergent to the water and create suds. (Adding a small amount of table salt will help prevent dye from running.
2. Submerge your scarf fully in the water. Swish the scarf around for about five minutes. Gently knead and rub the scarf in the water.
3. Gently squeeze out the excess water...DO NOT WRING IT!
4. Tumble the scarf loosely in your cupped hands while running water from the cold tap over it. Squeeze and run it under the tap until the water runs clear through the scarf and there are no suds left.
5. Fill the sink or container with cool water and add a small amount of distilled white vinegar. Submerge the scarf. This will remove soap residue and keep the silk shiny.
6. Rinse the scarf under cool, clean water until all soap and vinegar is removed.
7. Squeeze water out of your scarf – be gentle! Don’t wring the fabric too hard.
8. Lay your scarf on a towel and roll the towel; this will eliminate a good amount of dampness so it can dry.
9. Remove wrinkles while the scarf is still wet by using an iron on a low setting. It is easiest to do the ironing straight onto the scarf lying on the the towel. You do not need to press hard, just let the heat and steam do all the work. Start ironing the water out from the centre and towards the edges and up to the hems, making sure not to go over them. You will find as an added bonus, the washing process will plump up the hems.
10. You can apply a small amount of spray starch to the back of the scarf before the final ironing on the front side. Doing it this way prevents the starch sticking to the iron base plate. Try not to pull out the corners otherwise you will pucker the hem stitching...iron straight up to the hem, not along it.
11. Leave the scarf open flat or folded once over an airer overnight to ensure that the hem is quite dry before storage.