SG adores cashmere but dislike the idea of dry cleaning. It's not about money, rather I dislike the idea of chemical. So after coming across a how to care for cashmere article on TSE, I decided to investigate hand washing my own cashmere. After my talk with an associate at TSE, I purchased a silk/cashmere cleanser from Nordstrom and washed a cashmere scarf to test.
(Before picture on top and after on bottom/color variation due to different light source)
I am happy with the result. The weave becomes a little softer and slightly fuzzy but after steaming the scarf, it looks pretty good to me. The color remains the same as before.
According to the associate at TSE, she recommends washing only cashmere knits such as scarves and sweaters and dry clean cashmere coats. And, alternate between hand washing and dry cleaning to prevent cashmere knits from becoming fuzzy.
My washing tips:
1. make sure whatever cleanser you use is cashmere safe.
2. soak for a few minutes and handwash cashmere knit gently (do not put in washing machine even in gentle cycle)
3. squeeze out excess water gently first and roll inside a dry towel to further dry 4. dry flat on another dry towel to prevent cashmere knit from stretching
5. gently iron/steam knits to remove wrinkles and to rid of excess fuzziness (for a lack of a better word).
***Savvy gals, remember to try on an older piece or a piece you don't care for much before washing your prized cashmere.***
Can I Wash Cashmere (as suggest by TSE)