Washing your Cashmere
Yes! Golightly Cashmere is machine-washable. Without making a daily habit of it, we recommend washing if/when soiled or just once per season. Keeping your cashmere clean will protect it from moth damage. Cashmere can also be hand-washed. Dry cleaning will remove some of the natural oils in cashmere, and reduce the softness of the fibers. The important thing to note about dry-cleaning is that we do not feel comfortable recommending it unless you have an ongoing relationship with your cleaner. We feel that many cashmere labels read “dry clean only” as a way to take away responsibility for things that CAN go wrong by washing it yourself. Please follow the following procedure:
- Wash in front-loading machine, cold water, gentle cycle. A top-loading machine could either loosen the structure of the garment or shrink it considerably.
- Soften and clean the cashmere by using a small dollop of Cashmere Clean or baby shampoo.
- Dry Flat. When dry, garment can be ironed gently.
- Store in an airtight container with something natural and strong-scented to repel moths. This can be one of our one of our Golightly sachets, cedar balls, lavender, even a dryer sheet.
If you choose hand washing, we recommend following these simple steps:
- Soak garment in lukewarm water using small dollop Cashmere Clean, Baby shampoo, or a mild detergent. Do not let water run directly onto cashmere.
- Squeeze suds gently through fabric - do not rub, wring or stretch the garment.
- Rinse thoroughly in clean lukewarm water. Saturated garments should not be lifted before excess water has been squeezed out, as they may stretch. Gently squeeze water out of garment before drying. You can do this by rolling garment in a dry towel, and pressing the water out. Do not twist or wring.
- Smooth garment back into original shape and place flat on a towel. When dry, garment can be ironed gently.
cashmere and moths
Moths are the saddest thing to happen to cashmere. And yet they can be avoided forever. It is simply a measure on your part to insure they dont find a perfect place to mate and lay larvae. Initially, they are attracted to the smell of humanity in your hat. They like soft places, fine dust, specs of food, even hair grease. At the season's end, and as a regular practice, wash your cashmere (as instructed above). To be extra safe, or if you suspect your cashmere has been visited by the pests, put your cashmere in the freezer for 24 hours. Moths like undisturbed, dark cozy places. Existing larvae do not survive drastic changes in temperature, nor do they survive washing. Moths are not so much repelled by smells.
- Freeze your cashmere. Put the cashmere in a plastic bag. Freeze for 48 hours, then defrost. This will kill moth larvae.
- Air out garments and expose them to sunlight occasionally. Inspect closely and regularly.
- Store in airtight containers and with a pheromone distracting scent.
After wearing your new cashmere garment for the first few times you might find small balls of fibres forming on the surface.These small balls or "pills" are caused by some of the loose fibre tangling together as areas of your garment are rubbed during wear.The "pilling" is not indicative of inferior quality - it is an inevitable consequence of the careful processing of this fine fibre.Pills can be easily removed by hand or by using a lint roller, a cashmere comb, or by washing. It is important to note the finer quality the cashmere, the less pilling. This has to do with the length of the fiber. The cashmere should come only from the goat’s belly because this is the longest and finest fiber. We have certainly seen inferior cashmere which is arguably not from the belly, but from the neck and the ankles. These fibers are shorter and more susceptible to pilling. We promise you, this is not our cashmere. Ours is from the oldest mill in Scotland, from the very people who invented the art of spinning the raw material into a knit-able yarn.
Lanolin is an oil naturally produced by sheep that coats wool fibers. Many people are allergic to lanolin. Cashmere is hair that comes from goats and does not contain lanolin. There is no lanolin in our cashmere nor used in processing our cashmere. There is no lanolin in any of our cashmere care products.