CASHMERE & FUR CARE

CASHMERE

Its common for people to avoid washing their cashmere but before putting your garments back in your cupboard you should thoroughly wash them. Even if your garments don't look dirty they can still carry small traces of food, skin and hair particles that can attract moths.

Cashmere needs to be washed by hand, this can be done in your washing machine if you have a hand wash program otherwise you can do this yourself or send them to your local dry cleaners. If washing by hand make sure you are using a clean sink or basin that has no traces of harsh chemicals or food that could damage or stain your cashmere.

Turn your cashmere inside out and using Luke warm water and a gentle detergent (one specifically for cashmere and wool is best) gently squeeze the water through the fibres. Do not twist, rub or wring the fabric while washing. Thoroughly rinse with Luke warm water.

When drying your cashmere do not wring the water out, instead lay on a clean towel and press the excess water out letting it absorb into the towel. Reshape your garment and lay flat to dry. Let your cashmere dry naturally, do not tumble dry or place near a heat source such as a radiator or sunlight.

If your cashmere needs ironing you should use the lowest setting and gently iron inside out with a damp cloth between the cashmere and the iron. Or if you have one, you can steam it using a handheld steamer.

It's likely that a worn and loved cashmere will have some piling, this does not reflect the quality of the cashmere, its an inventible consequence of the careful process of this fine fibre. Piling can be removed using a cashmere comb, if you do not have one get in contact with our customer care team who will be happy to provide you with one that you can use with all your loved cashmere.

When storing your cashmere make sure to take precautionary action against moths, we suggest lining your draws with fragranced anti-moth paper and placing some sachets inside your wardrobe. You can also use cedar balls and sprays to keep them away from your precious cashmere's.

Fur

 Fur is a natural material that should be looked after with care and delicacy. When looked after correctly fur garments can last through generations. 

Fur should be stored on a broad sturdy hanger to avoid losing shape in the shoulders and collar in a breathable garment bag to avoid the skin drying out and cracking.

We advise to avoid wearing your fur garments in the rain and snow, however this cannot always be helped! If your fur gets wet in light rain or snow, simply shake your fur to as much of the water as possible, reshape if necessary and leave it to dry naturally. Do not let your fur have direct contact with heat such as radiators, hairdryers or sunlight. If your fur is completely soaked we recommend you take it for professional cleaning immediately. 

During the summer you should store your furs away from any sunlight and heat. Some people prefer to use professional storage specialised for furs at the optimum temperature of 45 degrees F. and 50 percent humidity. However we understand you may not want to do this, if storing your furs at home ensure your fur is in a dark cool space and does not have contact with moths, insects or sunlight.

You should not deep clean your furs at home, we advise taking your furs to be professionally cleaned every 1 to 2 years to preserve the natural oils and ensure your furs will not only be clean but last you the maximum duration possible. If you have a small spill or some dirt on your fur you can gently wipe at home with a damp cloth, if this does not remove the stain you should then take it to a professional cleaner immediately.

Repairing small tears and cracks in your furs should be done as soon as discovered this avoids them spreading and making the repair more expensive and difficult. When looking for a seamstress to care and repair for your fur make sure they have experience working with fur and have the correct equipment as fur needs stronger and special needles and tread to be worked with correctly. Look for reviews of previous work with fur and make sure you feel comfortable leaving your precious furs with them.