HOW TO STORE CASHMERE SWEATERS
DURING THE OFF SEASON

If the summer weather is too hot for your cashmere, store it carefully to keep it in excellent condition until autumn arrives. After washing your sweater and letting it dry completely, place it in a breathable garment bag made from pure cotton. Plastic bags can trap moisture, leading to mildew and discoloration. You can also wrap your sweater in acid-free tissue for an added layer of protection. Make sure the place you store it is dry and cool; heat and humidity can damage your clothes.

HOW TO STORE CASHMERE SWEATERS IN SEASON

Proper storage will keep your cashmere turtlenecks looking good even when you’re wearing them regularly. Don’t hang them up – the forces of gravity can stretch knitwear out of shape, even if you use a padded hanger. If you absolutely must, fold your sweater in half and drape it over the bottom part of the hanger. Otherwise, gently fold it for storage in a clean drawer or closet, but make sure your cashmere isn’t resting next to anything that could snag it.

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HOW TO PROTECT CASHMERE SWEATERS FROM MOTHS

Moths love laying their eggs in cashmere, as the larvae can eat the natural fibers. To keep them at bay, place cedar balls in your drawers and closet. You can also create sachets from fragrant herbs that smell amazing to people, but terrible to moths. These little pests hate lavender and mint, including their essential oils. They also detest rosemary, thyme and cloves. If you like, you can use mothballs, but they are often made with toxic chemicals.

HOW TO FREEZE CASHMERE

A little time in the freezer can do wonders for your lightweight cashmere sweater. Place your sweater in a garment bag and leave it in overnight to kill odor-causing bacteria, fluff up the fibers and make it fresh enough to wear again. If you’re worried about moths, freeze your cashmere for 48 hours to kill any eggs or larvae.

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HOW TO FOLD CASHMERE SWEATERS

To fold your sweater, place it face-down on a clean, flat surface, like your bed. Next, fold each arm straight across. Then, fold either the right or left side over to the center and repeat so that the edges of the sleeves meet in the middle. Finally, fold the bottom up so it’s resting against the back of the collar (you might have to do this twice if your sweater is very long). Once your sweater is neatly folded, it’s ready for your closet or drawer.

HOW TO WASH CASHMERE IN THE MACHINE

Classic cashmere sweaters can usually be washed on your machine’s delicate cycle. However, if you have an old machine that’s rough on clothes, you might want to clean fragile items by hand. Otherwise, place your cashmere in a mesh garment bag to prevent it from getting stretched out of shape and add a capful of wool-safe detergent. When the cycle finishes, reshape your sweater and let it dry while laying flat. Never put it in the dryer, which can give it a felt-like appearance and feel.

Cashmere sweaters

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