Do you hand wash or dry clean your fine cashmere/wool knits before storing for the season?

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  1. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    I plan on hand washing with Forever New, since that is generally how I clean them, and I don't trust dry cleaners with my nicer things.

    I assume that is sufficient to mitigate the risk of moths, etc.
     
  2. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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  3. FillW

    FillW Senior member

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    I'd like to know too cause I'm going to be getting some wool turtlenecks. I just got a nice merino wool v-neck.
     
  4. sparrow

    sparrow Senior member

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    how about space bag, or some kind of giant plastic bag for storage to keep out moths
     
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    This is my procedure....
    • Half-fill kitchen sink (or plastic tub) with cold water.
    • Stir 2 Tablespoons of liquid Tide into water.
    • Place cashmere (or any wool) garment into water. Let soak 15-20 minutes.
    • Gently agitate garment in water for ~5 minutes. Do not excessively wring or squeeze garment.
    • Drain water, gently pressing garment to remove excess water.
    • To rinse, re-fill sink / tub with cold water. Let soak 5 min, gently agitating water for duration.
    • Drain water, gently pressing garment to remove excess water.
    • Do a second rinse. Drain water, gently pressing garment to remove excess water.
    • Lay a thick towel on table.
    • Take rinsed and drained garment and lay flat inside-out on table, shaping it to original shape.
    • Lay on towel for 10 minutes or as needed to further remove excess water.
    • Hang garment (inside out) on hangar. If sweater, drape arms over shoulders.
    • Have a catch basin under hanging garment. Let dry several hours.
    • When dry, make outside-out again, shape, then roll or gently fold garment for storage.

    NOTE:
    1) do not wash multiple garments colours together as some are colour-fast and their dyes may bleed into the others. Wash garments seperately.

    This same procedure can be used to hand wash almost any garment.
    Hope it helps.
     
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  7. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    ...directions on the care label?
     
  8. biged781

    biged781 Senior member

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    No, because the care label will likely say "dry clean only", which is poor advice (but safe advice to give to the general populus).
     
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    ...maybe...maybe not...only 1 way to find out.
     
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    I follow Man of Lint's basic procedure, except I clean my sink thoroughly first, I use Woolite, and I NEVER hang my sweaters. Instead, I roll them up in the towel, jelly-roll style, to dry overnight. Then a roll them up in a second towel for the day, then spread them out on the table to finish air-drying.

    I would never send my sweaters to the dry-cleaner because the organic solvents they all use will strip natural oils from the wool. Mild soaps like Woolite will allow the wool to retain those oils through more cleanings.
     
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  11. NukeMeSlowly

    NukeMeSlowly Senior member

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    For wool & cashmere sweaters, I swear by Eucalan.

    No rinse necessary and maintains the lanolin count. I set my HE front loader to "Delicate" and "Rinse & Spin" and go to town. Lay flat on a towel covered ironing board to dry. No more crunchy dry cleaned sweaters.

    While I do sort loads into similar colors I still always use those Color Catcher things to prevent disasters.
     
  12. FillW

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    I pretty much used this procedure but didn't hang it until it was dry.
     
  13. NORE

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    Only small tymers wash their cash wears. Everyone knows that you wear it once, maybe twice then throw it away. Sheesh.
     
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    add911_11 Senior member

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    Hand wash once or twice per year with hand wash gel. Natural dry
     
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