How to Clean Cashmere Scarf

July 31, 2020

Purchasing cashmere clothing items is always a great investment. Yes, these can be quite costly, but keep in mind that they are of the highest quality. Plus, how comfy is a cashmere scarf? There literally isn’t anything better to keep you warm during cold winter days.

Nevertheless, due to the quality of material, a cashmere scarf is also a very delicate item. This means that you have to take great care of it if you want to be able to use it for many years to come. It doesn’t only mean that you have to be careful not to stain it or damage it in any way, but you also have to clean it in a specific way.

If you have just got a cashmere scarf as a birthday present, and you are not sure how to care for it, keep reading this article because we are going to provide you with numerous tips.

Dry cleaners

Naturally, your first option is to take it to professionals and let them clean it. Make sure to stress that it is a cashmere scarf and that it requires special care. They will know what to do. However, accidents happen sometimes, meaning that you can end up with a ruined piece of clothing. If you have been in this situation, like most of us have at least once, and you don’t feel comfortable letting others care for your prized possession, you should do it on your own.

Handwash it

The most important thing that you need to know is that a cashmere scarf must be washed by hand. This means that you cannot use a washing machine, dryer, or any other type of appliance you have in your home.

Start by filling a bowl or even your sink with room temperature water. If you choose to go with the sink, make sure that it is perfectly cleaned, meaning that there isn’t any toothpaste on it or some other type of debris in it.

Why is the temperature important? We have said that it has to be room temperature, and there is a reason for it. If you were to use cold water, you wouldn’t be able to thoroughly clean your cashmere scarf, and on the contrary, if you were to use the hot water, the chances are that you would seriously damage if not destroy it due to its fine fibers.

Use delicate products

When it comes to the soap that you should use, you have a few options. Firstly, you can purchase a soap created for washing cashmere scarves. You won’t have to worry about any kind of damage when using this. On the other hand, if you don’t want to buy it or simply don’t have time to run to the store, you can use baby shampoo. As you know, these include natural ingredients, meaning that they are very delicate, and therefore, perfect for washing your cashmere scarf. All you need is a few drops of it.

After all this, is it really necessary to stress that under no circumstances you should use laundry detergent, fabric softener, and most importantly bleach? If you want to soften the fibers so that your scarf stays comfy, you can add a little bit of vinegar instead of a fabric conditioner.

What if there are stains?

Accidentally staining the new cashmere scarf that you have just purchased from probably seems like the worst thing that can happen. Clearly, you can wash it, but you have to be super careful. There is a special type of stain-removing wipes that you can use. However, make sure not to rub that area, but instead, dab it.

Keep in mind that you should remove the stains while they are fresh. In case you don’t have these wipes on you, you can use a liquid stain remover. Just pour a few drops of it on a paper towel and dab the clothing item with it.

Do not pull or stretch it

This is another important thing that you have to remember. Besides having to use delicate products and room temperature water, you also have to be very gentle when washing a cashmere scarf. This means that you should not pull, tug, or stretch it in any way. Instead, twirl it around gently in the water.

Rinse it out

Once you are done with washing it, it is time to rinse it out and remove all the soap from it. There is another trick that you should use. Never put the scarf under running water because the force of it will damage it. Instead, pour out all the dirty water, and fill the bowl with the clean liquid. Then put the scarf back in, and twirl it again. You should repeat this step until all the soap is removed for it.

How to dry it?

If you thought that we are done with the tricky part, you couldn’t be more wrong. As we have already said, never, but never, put your cashmere scarf into a dryer. The heat will not only destroy the fibers, but it will also shrink it, so you might as well toss it into garbage afterward. If, for any reason, you must use the dryer make sure to use the low-heat setting, and don’t forget to wrap the scarf into a towel that will protect it.

On the other hand, you should always choose to air dry it. Yes, this will take some time, but it is the best method that is going to ensure that your cashmere scarf remains in perfect condition. Upon washing it, as already mentioned, you should avoid stretching it and twisting it, but there is another thing that you can do to remove the excess water.

Take a large towel and lay it on the flat surface. Then, take the scarf and put it on top of the towel. Roll everything together and apply gentle pressure so that it can soak up all the water. The final step is to take another, completely dry towel, put the scarf on it, and leave it to dry for the night.

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