Sweater Weather + Cashmere Care

1. How can you gently remove pills from a sweater?

The truth is that all sweaters will pill just by wearing or cleaning them. You can remove pills easily by holding the sweater flat with one hand and slicing off pills one at a time with a simple razor, like a Bic. You can also buy a manual pill remover. 

2. How often should you wash a sweater?

Did the sweater pick up germs or dirt? That warrants a washing. A good rule of thumb is to wash every six to eight wears, unless you spill, sweat or are around smoke.

3. Walk us through hand washing a sweater step by step.

To wash your cashmere sweater, first turn it inside-out. Immerse it in a solution of cold water and a gentle wool wash product like Woolite or The Laundress. Don’t scrub thoroughly, but instead gently squeeze the suds through the fabric. Never wring or stretch the fabric in any way. Finally, rinse the garment several times in clean lukewarm water until the water runs clear without any traces of detergent.

4. And how do you squeeze out water and let it dry?

Never wring anything. Gently squeeze water out of the sweater and then lay it flat on a towel. Press out the excess water. Roll it up like a sleeping bag to really suck up the excess water. Dry it by laying it flat on a clean towel and reshape it as it dries. Allow it to air dry naturally. 

6. Any other tips? 

Wet cashmere can sometimes take days to dry. To cut the time in half, use a large salad spinner to spin off excess water. Use one with a pull cord; they’re more effective. Then lay flat to dry.