Cashmere guide courtesy of Whistles

18/10/2012

Doutzen Kroes for H&M
Last weekend I discovered two things. Whistles, one of the best high street (if I dare to put it in this category at all) brands opened a new shop just a few minute drive from where I live, so no longer it will require a long journey to go and see all the beautiful things they have on their website.
Seeing the shop being prepared for opening made me want to check the newest additions on-line and this is when I saw the cashmere line made of cosy-shaped sweaters and jumpers that you would never want to take off.
In addition to that, Whistles published a cashmere care guide, which I found very useful and beautifully presented, so I took liberty to add it to the blog.
* Clean out the sink to ensure there are no other products that can damage your cashmere.
* Fill your sink or basin with cool water and add the recommended amount of fine-garment detergent to the basin.
* Briskly run your hand through the water to distribute the detergent and generate suds.
* Turn your garment inside out, submerge it and gently squeeze the suds through it.
* You can spot clean any dirty areas with a squirt of neat detergent and massage gently with fingertips. Rinse and repeat where necessary.
* Let it soak for 10 minutes.
* Drain the sink and rinse your sweater with cool water until the water rinses clear.
* Gently press water out of the sweater and place it lengthwise on a clean, dry bath towel.
* Roll up the towel, press with your palms to squeeze out excess water. Do not wring or twist.
* Remove the sweater from the towel and smooth it out so it is back to its original shape.
* Lay the sweater flat on a dry towel and let it air-dry, or use a drying rack if you have one. Button up cardigans, pull pockets straight and ensure that sleeves and hems are laid flat to avoid unsightly wrinkles.
Extra tips:
* Buy a detergent specifically intended for fine garments.  The Laundress cashmere shampoo is a good choice, although baby shampoo works quite well.
* Pilling on cashmere is not a sign of poor quality or a fault. The pilling is a natural characteristic of the long fibers. Pills can be easily removed using a cashmere comb, electric depiller or  a sweater stone. Cashmere should not be depilled very often as this will result in holes.
* For the storage fold your cashmere with tissue paper to absorb any moisture. Do not hang cashmere as it will de-shape your garment.
* As a precaution hang cedar balls, keep clothes clean and store garments in cotton bags. You can also use the Moss box from the Total Wardrobe Care. (Additional note from me: you can buy large plastic sealable freezer bags and use them for your cashmere sweaters)
Photo source: Doutzen Kroes for H&M

35 comments:

  1. What a great guide. Thank you very much :-)

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  2. What a great guide! I'm bookmarking it. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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    1. It is very helpful, isn't it? I just had to keep it all here for reference. I am like that hamster that has to keep all the most precious finds in her own nest. ;)
      x

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  3. The sweaters are amazing, really beautiful.

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  4. I agree with you - I just love Whistles cashmere jumpers, too.xx

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  5. Thank you so much honey! I love the post! :)
    x

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  6. Nice post!
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    Love,Nyt
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  8. i love cashmere sweaters! and blankets too. i have noticed they are the most prone to being eaten by moths. now i keep the couple i have in plastic bags in my closet. i had a couple i found with holes in them :(

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    1. Moths always go for the best... :) I think it's because cashmere is 100% natural, so, in moths' terms, pretty organic and healthy. :)
      I keep my sweaters in plastic too.
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  9. Great tips. Thank you.

    And i adore Whistles. I bought gorgeous trousers there on sale last year and now that autmn has come, i don't want to take them off. Such stylish cut and so well made. Definitely one of my favourite shops!

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Red xx

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    1. Same here, darling! Have a beautiful weekend! x

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  10. Love those camel sweaters!!
    You have a new follower! ;)
    xx
    M.

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    1. Me too! Thank you for following me! xxx

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  11. I love the post and your blog:) Have a good day!

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    1. Thank you very much! Have a beautiful day and great weekend! x

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  12. I love cashmere and only dry clean my pieces. My parents owned several dry cleaners and I saw too many botched at home, gentle detergent, meant for cashmere detergents Washington with fuzzy balls!!!!

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    1. Oh you lucky, you have the knowledge. I've been quite lucky with mine, but I do wash them. x

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  13. great photos! I love cashmere!

    You have a wonderful blog! Do you want to follow each other? Follow my blog on Bloglovin'. Let me know in my comments and I will follow back ;)

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  14. When I want to change the sweater shape - to make it longer and slimmer fit (body and sleeves) i hang it - amazing what effect you can achieve ;)

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    1. Or you can just stretch it flat in a shape you want to to be. :) x

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  15. you're making me want to break out all of my sweaters from storage! lol

    xo Jackie
    ...livingaftermidnite

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  16. Those sweaters are gorgeous, and thanks for all the tips!

    <3 Josephine
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  17. I love Whistles as well! I wish their products were more affordable :) But thanks so much for sharing these tips!

    High-Stitched Voice

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    1. Their sales are always very good. So normally I just wait. :) They have one going right now and everything is 50% or so off. :)

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  18. Thanks for sharing this Natalia! I've spent so much money taking things to the dry cleaners that this is refreshing to know. Sounds really good :) I love cashmere sweaters!
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