Caring for your cashmere
We suggest you never wear a cashmere garment two days running. Let it rest at least one day, airing it for a few hours on a flat surface (preferably outdoors) before wearing it again.
After wearing your new cashmere garment the first few times you may find small balls of fibre forming on the surface. These small balls or 'pills' are caused by some of the loose fibre tangling together as areas of your garment are rubbed during wear. The appearance of pilling should not be interpreted as an indication of low quality because it can be removed with proper maintenance
Pills can be easily removed by hand or by using our Elle + Riley de-pilling knitwear comb.
Cashmere improves with age if cared for properly its wonderful features are enhanced.
It is preferable to have a garment that expresses all the naturalness of the fine thread of which it is composed.
1. Gently remove by hand or with suitable tools the peeling particles
2. Hand wash at a temperature not exceeding 30°C
3. Use specific detergents like our Elle + Riley wool & cashmere shampoo for wool in small quantities.
4. Gently squeeze the suds through the fabric, taking care not to rub, wring or stretch the garment.
5. Rinse well, squeeze out as much excess water as possible, and carefully spread the garment horizontally to dry. If the garment is soaking you can roll it in a clean towel to help squeeze excess water out prior to laying flat.
6. Dry naturally away from direct heat such as radiators or sunlight. Do not tumble dry or hang up a cashmere garment it will irreversibly deform.
7. Steam if necessary to eliminate wrinkles.
After the first few washes following these steps, the formation of pilling will stop in a natural way and the original softness of the thread will be maintained over time.
Elle + Riley Cashmere
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