We all have cherished items in our wardrobe that we want to keep fresh and looking their best. Thankfully, there are numerous methods to forever keeping your cashmere in its best condition.
It is not always essential to clean your cashmere garments after each wear, you may find a stain on your favourite cashmere no matter how careful you are. Luckily, you can remove stains from even the most delicate cashmere with a careful cleaning and maintenance routine.
We suggest avoiding soap or machine detergents, which can be too harsh for delicate cashmere and could make the stain worse.
This guide will help you to remove stains from your cashmere garments. We sell a range of specialised cashmere care products, including our eco-friendly collaboration with New York brand The Laundress, giving you the opportunity to purchase the best products for your cashmere, maintaining their quality for a lifetime.
Quickly Removing Stains From Your Cashmere Jumper
By using these quick tips, you can easily remove stains on your favourite cashmere garment. There are a number of ways you can clean tough stains from your jumper without damaging the delicate cashmere, whilst still maintaining its condition.
The most suitable method for removing common stains is to first run the garment under cool water, before adding a small amount of gentle detergent or mild shampoo to water and letting it soak.
If you’re looking for a specialised cashmere stain treatment, The Laundress Stain Solution works wonderfully. You only need one drop of the formula, which is unscented, non toxic, and allergen-free, making it perfect for sensitive skin. It’s also ideal for both old and new stains – simply add it to cold water, work the fabric gently with a soft stain brush and leave it to soak. Repeat if necessary and then wash your garment as normal with a specialist product like The Laundress Cashmere Wash.
When washing a stain out of cashmere, remember to avoid rubbing the garment, which can lead to holes developing. For stubborn stains that can’t be removed at home, you can take your cashmere items to a professional. However, if you’re keen to hand wash your cashmere at home, read on to find out how to effectively combat the most frequent stains:
Removing Sweat Stains
Stains from perspiration or deodorant may not be the most pleasant to handle, but they are one of the most common stains on garments. There are a few handy tips can help you get your cashmere looking and smelling fresh again.
First, apply a specialist stain solution to the affected area and work using a stain brush. Then, pour cold water onto the garment – we recommend doing this from height for maximum affect. Leave the garment to soak in the water. If you find that the stain hasn’t completely gone, you may need to repeat the process until it has disappeared.
Once complete, wash by hand with a cashmere wash and dry (read on below for our drying tips.).
Cleaning Mud and Grass from Cashmere
If you’ve taken your cashmere jumper to the park, or picnic, or simply found mud and grass stains on your favourite item, try to remove the stains as quickly as possible. Leaving the stain for too long can result in it affecting the delicate cashmere fibres, potentially damaging the garment.
Get a blunt knife and make sure any excess dirt is removed from the material. Dipping a cloth in gentle detergent and cold water and dabbing – not rubbing – until the stain disappears is the next step. It’s important to be gentle when doing this as you don’t want the stain to spread.
If you find that the mud or grass stain is especially stubborn, mix baby shampoo and cool water and soak. This should help to lift difficult stains. You can then wash your garment as normal.
Getting Rid of Pasta Sauce, Soup and More
Oily or dark stains like pasta sauce, soup or condiments are often the ones we dread most and can sometimes require extra effort to clean, but the secret is to treat the garment as soon as you can. Quickly rinse the cashmere in cold water, adding a few drops of cashmere wash or gentle detergent.
Leave the garment to soak in the cold water and cashmere wash mix until the stain has disappeared. A final wash with cold water should get rid of any last splashes of stain.
If there are stubborn traces of sauce left, you can use a cashmere wash or mild shampoo to hand-wash the entire garment to complete the process. When this is complete, find a dry cloth to dip in the water and wash mix to gently dab at the stain.
Lightly hand wash the garment as normal with a specialist cashmere wash, your garment should now be stain-free.
Drying Your Cashmere
Many people are worried that their cashmere garment may be misshapen after washing. However by drying your cashmere properly, it will help your pieces to stay shaped.
Place the garment on a towel, patting excess water out by rolling the towel up slowly. Using a fresh towel, lay the garment out and leave to dry. To avoid stretching the garment, you must avoid wringing it.
A final step in cashmere maintenance is correct storage. The best way to store your item is to place in a breathable canvas bag which can be zip locked, keeping your garments fresh and protected from moths. We stock a large and small storage bag.
Removing Stains From Your Cashmere – Key Things to Remember
- Treat the stain as soon as you can
- Use only a small amount of mild washing solution
- Be gentle when washing, drying and storing your cashmere clothes
- Don’t use hot water – cold is always best
- Don’t panic if the stain doesn’t come out immediately, especially for darker stains like sauces. Let the garment soak in the water and detergent mix for as long as possible to get to work on the stain
- Don’t use bleach – this will damage delicate garments
- Don’t be tempted to hang up your garment to dry. This could result in the garment losing shape. Make sure you dry gently and store in a proper storage bag once dry
If you need more information on how to clean your cashmere, take a look at our complete guide on caring for your cashmere.