Cashmere Care Guidelines
Cashmere is a natural fibre which loves water and is renewed with each wash. For proper care, it is sufficient to follow only a few precautions to ensure the longevity of your luxury garment.
- Olivers Reef recommend either hand washing or dry cleaning. Handwashing will actually make the garment softer over time.
- Use a specialised detergent (ie; Olivers Reef Silk/Cashmere wash) or baby shampoo.
- Do not use fabric softeners.
- Wash in cool or lukewarm water. Never use hot water as this will cause your cashmere to shrink
- Squeeze the suds gently through the fabric and do not rub, wring or stretch the fabric in any way.
- Rinse carefully in lukewarm water until all the detergent has been removed.
- Press out excess water but do not wring the garment
- Soaking wet cashmere should only be lifted after the excess water has been squeezed out as it may stretch if you are not careful.
- Lay flat on a towel and reshape as it dries
- Never hang a cashmere garment… it will cause shoulder dimples and gravity will distort the overall shape.
- Wet cashmere can take days to dry.
- Dry naturally and never in front of radiators
- Do not tumble dry cashmere
- Do not leave your cashmere wet; you should dry as soon as possible to avoid the “wet dog” smell.
- Once your cashmere is dry, you may press it lightly with a cool iron to remove any slight creases.
- Clean garments before storing.
- Moths are attracted to natural fibres especially when they are dirty or stained.
- When you store them, fold them around a piece of tissue paper to help prevent wrinkles
- Do not store garments in plastic. Use bags that are breathable, but keep critters out!
- DO NOT HANG GARMENTS.
- Store cashmere when clean
- Store in sealed boxes or bags when not in use to reduce insect attack.
- Female clothing moths are the most common moth variety to feed on your cashmere. These moths lay their eggs on clothing and when the larvae hatch, they will feed on everything available. The larvae live for a period of 50 days before they pupate so they have plenty of time to dine on your favourite cashmere.
- Moths hate light and being disturbed so as their lifecycle is about 21 days, open your drawers and shake your cashmere clothes regularly.
- Air your cashmere knitwear in the full sun as the moth larvae are repelled by light and will fall from the clothing.
- The use of some kind of moth repellents is advisable. Cedar wood moth repellents are a much nicer smelling alternative to old fashioned moth balls. They do need to be replaced on a regular basis.
- You can also freeze cashmere to kill moth larvae if concerned re insect infiltration.
- Cashmere is a very fine natural fibre.
- Pilling occurs when fibres break loose and bunch. Longer cashmere fibres are less susceptible to pilling, however, pilling may still occur in areas of friction ie; under the arms.
- Olivers Reef Cashmere has a very low pilling rate.
- After the first few wears you may find small balls of fibre forming on the surface of your cashmere.
- The balls can easily be removed by carefully picking the balls off by hand or by using a cashmere comb or de-fuzzing device.
- The pilling will decrease over time if you care for your cashmere carefully.
OLIVERS REEF SILK/CASHMERE WASH
We believe we have sourced one of the best products to care for your cashmere. It is manufactured in Adelaide South Australia and is formulated from lotus flowers and green tea. The gel is low foaming, anti-static and has natural deodorisers and conditioners. It will leave your cashmere and silk smelling and feeling soft and luxurious.
Use only 2 -3 pumps per garment.