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5158, Boulevard Saint-Laurent,

Montreal, QC, H2T 1R8

Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm

Care guide for wool and silk

How to wash cashmere, wool and silk knitwear?

Animal source fibres such as cashmere, wool and silk shrink when in contact with wather. This doesn’t mean they don’t like a good wash, it will even help restore shine and bring out the down in the fiber. We recommend doing this after 2 to 5 uses.

Preparation

  • Look for spots and rub gently with a stain-removing solution
  • Sort clothing by colour

Washing

By hand:

  • 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 warm water
  • Blot dry by rolling in a towel (do not wring clothing). If the garment dries with too much water, it may twist.
  • Dry flat on a dry towel or on a rack (do not hang) and reshaping garment. 
  • Avoid any heat source and direct sunlight

Machine wash:

  • Turn garment inside out and place in a net washing bag
  • Wash on the gentlest cycle in warm water (about 30°c) with soap made for wool and cashmere
  • Blot dry by rolling in a towel (do not wring clothing) If the garment dries with too much water, it may fouler.
  • Dry flat on a dry towel or on a rack (do not hang) and reshaping garment. 
  • Avoid any heat source and direct sunlight

Ironing

Woollens do not usually require ironing, but if the situation requires :

  • Heat the iron at the correct temperature setting
  • Cover the garment with a slightly damp cloth to prevent the heat from scorching the fibres.
  • Favour the use of steam to iron

Dry cleaning

Natural or low-chemical methods are best for dry-cleaning woollens.

Storage

For seasonal storage, place clean garments (pay attention to perfumes or food stains which are particularly attractive to moths) along with an insect-repelling product in a container that allows air to circulate. Did you know that you can place a sachet of lavender in your drawers to prevent moths from eating your knits? Several other scents such as peppercorns, cedar, mint, cloves and eucalyptus are also known to repel moths. Simply include a few grains or leaves into a small organza bag or sock; or soak a cotton ball in these essential oils and store in your drawers. Well worth the effort to protect your investment pieces!

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

Eucalan - for wools, silk, and cashmere, even works without rinsing, for those who love hand washing. Contains essences made from essential oils.

The Laundress: Wool & Cashmere Shampoo - for wool, silk, and cashmere. Contains a cedar scent that repels moths.

Or if not, the most natural soap possible, with Lanolin as an ingredient (simulates the natural oil which protects and gives a shine to the hair)

Piling

Pills occur when loosened fibres break away from their yarn. They then collect with other broken fibres as they move to the surface of the textile, almost like tumbleweeds in the desert, or a snowball.This process is a natural by-product of wear and as such is often accelerated by friction and rubbing.

While pilling can occur in almost all textiles, knitted garments are more prone to this phenomenon than their woven brothers. This is because by nature, knitting leaves more space between yarns than woven textiles which are constructed very tightly. As such, tighter knit garments have less of a tendency to pill than looser knits.

Now that we understand pilling, what can we do about it?

Reduce friction when possible:

  • A backpack or shoulder bag may not be the best friend to your new favourite cashmere sweater.
  • Let your sweater rest between wears. Especially with woollens, it’s important to let the sweater breath and rest for a minimum of 24 hours between wears. This will allow the fibres to recover and regain their strength.
  • Remove pills when necessary

It is always preferable to wash it before passing the fabric shaver, in fact a large part of the pilling is reabsorbed during washing. We 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.

Special instructions for silk

Use a biological dry cleaner as often as needed to clean the garment. Steam lightly to remove any wrinkles, be careful not to overheat the garment as it can impact the finish. Do not spot clean the stains, the silk may react badly, it is better to clean the whole garment.

Remember that we offer repair and refurbishment service.



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