Cashmere & Care
Cashmere is a luxury material which is obtained from cashmere goats. Nevertheless, there are significant differences concerning its quality. Young cashmere goats have the finest hair comparatively resulting in a soft and more exclusive fabric. At Henry Christ we are proud to process only this particular premium cashmere.
Cashmere garments are hardly ever washed, because of its fibres that scarcely take in odors. Therefore, cashmere is easy to care for. Nevertheless, we recommend washing your cashmere item after every fourth day of wearing to avoid pilling and to maintain the fit as well as the knitting structure. It even becomes softer with every washing!
In the meantime, it is sufficient to air your sweater outside. Small hint: Cashmere should rest between days of usage. From time to time, even your favorite sweater needs a 24-hour break.
Your cashmere item should rather be washed by washing machine then by hand. We recommend using the cold wool setting along with a wool (cashmere) detergent or a shampoo (silicon-free) for fine hair. Turn your item inside out, fill the washing drum halfway and spin at low speed. In the case of hand wash, then lukewarm water should be used. Afterwards, rinse your garment with clear water, carefully press out the water, do not wring out, and wrap it up into a towel for absorbing the moisture. A cashmere detergent (available at drugstores), a wool detergent or a shampoo for fine hair are best for hand washing. Do not try to remove stains from precious cashmere by soaking or brushing, the garment would become felted. The more suitable way of erasing stains is to put detergent/shampoo on the dirt and to subsequently put the garment into the washing machine.
For ironing your garment use a steam iron at the lowest heat setting. If you own an iron without a steam function, put a wet cotton towel between your item and the iron. Cashmere items are kept best dark and cool. Sweaters made of soft yarn should be stored on top of the pile, so the tiny hairs do not become squeezed. Besides from that, cashmere garments should be stored and dried lying flat. Bagged aromatic frangrances as natural lavender and cedarwood protect your wardrobe and your cashmere garments from moths.
While cashmere has wonderful and unique features, the material might tend to pill, causing small bobbles on knitted garment due to wear. However, this effect can be minimized by appropriate care as well as the selection of high quality materials. In fact, cashmere is well comparable with us humans – characterized by positive and negative attributes. In case you made the decision and bought one of our Henry Christ’s products you will notice that the pilling aspect is not a big issue and thus we can guarantee that you will love your new garment. There are a few factors which can exert an important influence on the pilling process deemed as appropriate care, such as:
1. The right washing procedure (please have a look on the left side; also note: frequently washing guidance).
2. Rubbing – the more rubbing (e.g. under the arms, seat belts, bags) the more pilling will be the result. Also others materials which are under or over the cashmere sweater do exert a strong influence. Rough surfaces like leather, hook and loop fasteners as well as apparently fine microfibre in jackets and jacket lining.
3. Fibre length – the average length of a cashmere hair is a significant measurement of quality. Shorter hair has a higher tendency to pill. Consequently, along the cashmere processing distinct shavers, combs or teasing is applied in order to minimize the amount of short cashmere fibres. Overall, for high quality cashmere garments it is known that the pilling decreases after its initial use. For pilling your cashmere garment at home lay it down flat and pick the little bobbles by hand or by using a comb or professional cashmere shaver (low pressure only!).
4. Cashmere twists and type of cashmere yarn – on the one hand a strong turn of the cashmere yarn does prevent pilling substantially while on the other hand it leads to a less soft material. Balancing this trade-off successfully results in a resilient garment with a soft cashmere touch. On the contrary, loosely turned yarn such as bouclé yarn will pill rapidly.