Caring for your cashmere
How to care for you Made East sweater
Our sweaters are all made from either pure cashmere, or a cashmere and fine wool blend. As such, they need a little extra care when being washed and dried.
As per our manufacturer’s guidelines, your Made East sweater can be washed in the washing machine, on a delicate/cold wash, using a detergent specifically designed for delicate fabrics.
However, as washing machines may vary, we would recommend – to be on the safe side – hand washing the sweaters, to ensure they continue to cocoon you in luxurious sustainable comfort.
If you choose the washing machine route, you should consider placing your cashmere items in a mesh washing bag to protect them from snagging and tangling. Alternatively, you could simply place them in cotton cushion cover. Wash in a wool wash program, no more than 800 rpm spin. Follow the instructions on the bottle of the detergent to know how much product is needed to wash cashmere in your machine. To dry lay your cashmere items flat in their natural shape and air dry. Use a cool steam iron to remove any creases.
How to hand wash your Made East cashmere sweater:
- In a clean sink, add the recommended amount of fine-garment detergent and briskly run your hand through the water to distribute the detergent and generate suds.
- Turn your Made East sweater inside out and submerge the sweater, gently squeezing the suds through it.
- Spot treat any problem areas with a squirt of neat detergent and massage gently with fingertips.
- Rinse and repeat where necessary and allow the sweater to soak for 10 minutes.
- Drain the sink and rinse your sweater with cool water until the water rinses clear.
- Gently press water out and place it lengthwise on a clean, dry bath towel. Roll up the towel and press with your palms to squeeze out excess water - do not wring or twist.
- Remove the sweater from the towel and smooth it out into its original shape.
- Lay the sweater flat on a dry towel and allow it air-dry. Use a cool steam iron to remove any creases.
Contrary to popular belief, pilling on cashmere is not a sign of poor quality or a design fault. The pilling is a natural characteristic of the long fibres and can be easily removed using a cashmere comb. Avoid depilling precious cashmere pieces too often as this may result in holes.
High quality fibres are a moth's favourite meal, so to stop moth larvae from munching through your favourite jumper you can take these steps:
- Never put clothes away dirty. This can attract moths and make it more likely for the female moths to find the perfect site for their eggs to hatch. Wash your cashmere following our guidelines or dry clean as moths are put off by the smell.
- Every month open your drawers and shake your clothing as their life cycle is about 21 days. Another option is to air your garments in strong sunlight as larvae are repelled by light and will fall from clothing.
- A common option is to freeze moths out which works well with cashmere. Wrap the cashmere in acid-free tissue paper and put it in a plastic bag. Freeze overnight, then defrost slowly. This will kill the moth larvae.
- You could try cedar balls to keep moths at bay as moths hate the smell. Remember to replace these products regularly as they become less potent over time.
- If you wish to store your cashmere for summer, then do so in a zip storage bag or airtight until the next season.