Can Cashmere Be Washed? The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Your Cashmere Sweaters

One of the most common questions we get is whether this delicate fabric can withstand washing. The short answer is yes, cashmere can be washed, but with some careful consideration and gentle handling. Unlike some wools, cashmere requires a more delicate touch to maintain its signature softness and shape.



First and most importantly, it's essential to check the care label on your cashmere garment for specific washing instructions. Some cashmere pieces can be hand washed while others may recommend dry cleaning to ensure the best preservation of the fabric. If hand washing is recommended, use a mild detergent or specially formulated wool wash and cool water. Avoid harsh chemicals and hot water, as they can cause the fibers to shrink or become damaged. 


Here’s a handy hand-wash checklist:



  • Use cool water (no warmer than 30°C/86°F)
  • Always turn the garment inside out
  • Use a delicate washing detergent (8+ Ph) or specialist cashmere wool wash (like Woolite), which usually also includes some softener. Or, you can also use baby shampoo to give extra softness and maintain a soft and fluffy texture
  • Never use bleach or ammonia 


Drying (You’ll need two dry towels for each sweater): 

  • Do not wring the garment – remove excess water by gently pressing with one dry towel
  • Lay the garment flat on the second dry towel and straighten it into shape while damp so that it dries properly
  • Never hang cashmere garments to dry, they will stretch and lose shape
  • Let it dry at room temperature, avoiding heat or sunlight (any heat applied during the drying process will shrink the garment)
  • Once the garment is completely dry, you can steam any wrinkles out with a hand steamer or use the wool steam setting on an iron. But…never put an iron directly on a sweater, it will damage the fibers, simply hold the iron close enough for the steam to penetrate the knit without touching the surface



Maintenance and storage:

  • Never hang cashmere garments in your closet, always fold them when storing, otherwise, they will stretch and lose shape
  • Steam the garment as needed to remove wrinkles and revive the fiber's hand-feel
  • When not used for an extended period, place it inside a dust bag or sealable garment container to protect it from moths; steaming before storing will help prevent moths from damaging the garment. Use lavender and cedar sachets as additional protection
  • All cashmere pills unfortunately, however, it’s possible to maintain a clean appearance by brushing the fibers back into the sweater with a soft bristle clothing brush. Never brush the sweater while it’s wet. 
  • In case of stains - spot cleaning is easiest and best. Wet a white washcloth or clean sponge with some water and a drop or two of dishwashing liquid and gently dab the stain. Continue pressing the detergent into the spot until the stain starts to fade. Then, use a dry washcloth or sponge to absorb the water/liquid from the spot. Allow to air dry.      



Of course, dry-cleaning is just fine as a way to clean and maintain your cashmere, but ask for a delicate detergent to ensure that the fibers aren’t damaged over time. Multiple cleanings can deteriorate cashmere’s delicate hand when cleaned frequently. With some gentle love and attention, your cashmere can maintain its softness and beauty for a lifetime. 

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