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Care guide for cashmere, wool and silk

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How to wash cashmere, wool and silk 

Washing

Hand wash:

      • Sort clothing by colour
      • Look for stains, rinse in lukewarm water (about 30°c) and rub gently with a stain-removing solution then rinse again
      • Turn garment inside out
        • Soak in lukewarm water (about 30°c) with soap made for wool and cashmere, do not leave more than 20 minutes. Any thermal shock will shrink the knit. 
        • Agitate clothing by hand and rinse in lukewarm water (about 30°c)
        • Wring (without twisting) to remove surplus water then blot dry by rolling in a towel to remove excess water. (If the garment dries with too much water, it may shrink.)
        • Reshape the garment (essential technic called 'blocking')
        • Dry flat on a dry towel or on a rack (do not hang). 
        • Avoid any heat source and direct sunlight


        Machine wash:

        • Turn garment inside out and place in a net washing bag to avoid friction.
        • Wash on the gentlest cycle in lukewarm water (about 30°c) with soap made for wool and cashmere
        • Reshape the garment (essential technic called 'blocking')
        • Dry flat on a dry towel or on a rack (do not hang)  
        • Avoid any heat source and direct sunlight

        Ironing

        • Heat the iron at the correct temperature setting
        • Favour the use of steam iron
        • No steam iron: Cover the garment with a slightly damp cloth to prevent the heat from scorching the fibres.
        • Steamer: steam from the inside of the garment when it's hanging


        Storage

        • Store your clean garments in a container that allows air to circulate.
        • We recommend placing a sachet of lavender to help repel moths. (Here's more exemples of grains you can use that repels moths and have antifungal properties: lavender, pepper, Tea Tree Oil, Cedar, Eucalyptus)

        * It is important to never hang your knits, especially knits in larger gauges for a very long time, neither when drying, nor when storing them, to make sure that they keep their shape. *



        Saop

        The choice of soap is very important, we use the following products in our knitwear spa Ça va bain :

        Eucalan : A no rinse saop for wools, silk, and cashmere, for those who love hand washing. Contains essences made from essential oils.

        Or use the most natural soap possible, with Lanolin as an ingredient (simulates the natural oil which protects and gives a shine to the hair)


        Pilling

        Pills occur when loosened fibres break away from their yarn and mix with other broken fibres.This process is a natural by-product of wear and as such is often accelerated by friction and rubbing. It is important to note that all natural fibers pill, because they are living fibers. So no need to worry when pilling occurs on the surface of your favorite sweaters.

        Tips and tricks for pilling:

        • It is a preferable to wash before passing the fabric shaver, because the fibers often resorb on their own after a wash
        • favour the use of the * Gleener * tool which has all the teeth, depending on the fineness of the fibre, it is available in our stores.
        • Reduce friction when possible
        • Let your sweater breathe for at least 24 hours between each wear. This will allow the fibres to recover and regain their strength.





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