High-quality cashmere can last for decades if taken care of properly.
That means when taking care of cashmere, you need to wash and dry it carefully, store it properly, and remove any pilling that occurs.
Storing cashmere the wrong way can do more harm than good. Take a look at our cashmere care guide and instructions for finding the best way to store cashmere sweaters.
The Best Way to Store Cashmere Sweaters
The first thing to avoid is hangers, which can stretch out shoulders and result in misshapen sweaters. Plastic bins are equally bad for long-term storage as they retain moisture and cannot breathe.
Instead, fold your sweaters and keep them in arable storage bags, which allow your cashmere to breathe. Zip closures are essential, too, as they help keep bugs out.
The Step You Can’t Forget When Storing Cashmere Sweaters
Cashmere garments absolutely must be washed before being stored, whether they’re 100% cashmere, cashmere wool or another cashmere blend. This ensures there are no moth eggs or larvae that will hatch once your cashmere is stored—and it also removes all traces of body oil, body products, and perfume. Another thing you can do is add cedar blocks or chips to the storage bag to further protect the cashmere.
De-pilling Cashmere Sweaters
Pilling results when cashmere rubs against something else, including handbag straps, coats, and anything that causes friction. High-quality cashmere pills far less, but it does still pill.
The best way to remove these pills on fine-gauge cashmere is to slide a sweater comb across the pilled area. To remove pilling on heavier gauge cashmere, glide a sweater stone over the pilled areas. Be sure to always work in one direction.
You can also use a cashmere brush between wears to remove lint, fuzz, and hair from your sweater and to rejuvenate the yarns.