Cashmere is a delicate, luxurious product. With the right care it will be beautiful for long years to come getting softer with every wash.
Cashmere products may be dry cleaned or hand washed with a gentle cleanser such as baby shampoo.
As every piece of MINIMAINS collection is expertly handcrafted with different techniques and therefore always unique so are the washing instructions. We will always indicate how the product you purchased is best washed. You will find instructions within your delivery. Some do very well with the cold/wool option of your laundry machine, others require dry clean or hand wash.
Hand washing keeps them softer longer but can change the shape of your sweaters if not done carefully. It is recommended that you soak sweaters in sudsy, lukewarm water for five minutes, then gently "squish" your sweater to let the suds soak through the fibers. Rinse in lukewarm water until the suds are completely removed and the water is clear, using the same "squishing" action, never wringing. Roll the sweater in a towel to remove the extra moisture and to speed the drying process. Lay it flat to dry on a towel in shaded area and block into the desired shape, using special care, as wet cashmere fibers can weaken and stretch out of shape. Your sweater will take the shape that it's put into when it's dried, so this is an important part of its care. Cashmere cared for in the right way will get softer with every wash.
Once it's thoroughly dried, it can be delicately tumbled in a home dryer at a cool temperature (air dry, no heat) to make the fibers "bloom." Put the sweater inside-out in a lingerie bag with plenty of space or in a pillow case with the end tied off this gives it room to tumble. But there's no need to tumble, you will enjoy your product as is.
If your sweater is stained, dry cleaning is your best solution. Many sweaters are labeled "dry clean only," but manufacturers tell me that they put dry-clean-only labels on most of their cashmere garments to protect themselves. If they were to suggest hand washing and it was done carelessly, a consumer might try to blame the manufacturer. We trust in our clients to choose the right choice for them.
MASCHINE WASH WOOL PROGRAM:
We know life as a mom is busy. If your laundry machine has a wool program you can try it. Use a little bit of mild wool detergent (baby detergent works as well) DON'T put it into the tumbler/dryer! To dry, lay it flat on a towel in shaded area and block into the desired shape, using special care, as wet cashmere fibers can weaken and stretch out of shape. Your sweater will take the shape that it's put into when it's dried, so this is an important part of its care. It will dry very quickly. Again please NEVER use a warm/hot tumbler/dryer. There are exceptions as some of MINIMAINS products are too delicate for the machine and require dry-cleaning. This will be indicated on the product. We do not guarantee or take back mishandled items. Intarsia can not be machine washed.
If a sweater is torn or has holes, reweaving is called for. Please email us for a list of specialists in your area.
For the time of year when sweaters ought to be in second closets and storage containers, here are a few storage tips to better preserve your Cashmere products:
First, be sure they're dry-cleaned or hand-washed before putting them away. Moths don't hunger for the fiber itself, but rather for the food, dirt, perspiration or body oils left on the item.
Second, do not store natural fibers such as cashmere (and wool) in airtight containers. Most authorities suggest letting them breathe by storing in muslin or canvas bags or in acid-free tissue paper. A simple method of storing in a plastic bag is effective if the bag is not entirely airtight. A good suggestion for your cashmere product to be stored in the plastic bags they are shipped in, which allow a little air to escape.
Third, use cloves, lavender, rosemary, thyme, dried orange peel or organic cedar chips to discourage moths. Be sure to tie the spices or chips in a cloth sachet or handkerchief and avoid placing them directly on the garment to avoid staining. Note that wood chips absorb excess moisture, thus discouraging mold from growing in storage areas.
Some tips for wearing cashmere that will help lengthen its life span:
1. Allow your deodorant to dry completely before slipping into your sweater.
2. Don't spritz yourself with perfume while wearing cashmere because it stains the fiber.
3. After wearing, air-fluff your cashmere sweater in the COLD dryer to freshen and remove impurities. NO HEAT!