In this next edition of the Extra's Cleaning and Organizational Series, we take a look at caring for your thicker and harder to clean specialty fabrics: cashmere and wool! This is the first thing I do prior to putting all of my winter clothes, boots, and accessories away in storage for the spring/summer months.
Normally, I dry clean all of my cashmere and wool items prior to storing them so that they're nice and clean when I pull them out of their sealed storage containers (I use these). But, then I found The Laundress, which is the ultimate when it comes to caring for specialty and delicate fabrics, such as leather, suede, cashmere, and wool.
Instead of heading to the dry cleaners, save some money + ditch the toxins, by following the instructions below to learn how to wash a wool or cashmere jacket, coat, sweater, scarf, + more – all at home with the Laundress!
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The Products + Tools I Used from the Laundress
to Clean a Stain off a Wool Dress
This pH-neutral fabric wash is gentle on the fibers of wool, cashmere, merino, mohair, and blends. It thoroughly cleans, removing odor, dirt, and oil, while preserving your sweaters. Plus, the cedar-based fragrance keeps pests away. 16 fl oz = Up to 32 washes
The Wash & Stain Bar was designed to clean those hard-to-reach stains, from ring around the collar to tricky underarms, delicate straps, and more. We love this product for spot treating clothing and upholstery, hand laundering, and washing on-the-go.
Protect wool, delicates, embellished items—even denim and activewear—from tangles and snags in the machine
Use this comb to de-pill our delicate knits and fine-gauge woolens while leaving our heavier knit items to the Sweater Stone.
Ideal tool for removing stains on all fabrics, from delicate knits to sturdy linens
Whether you’re rescuing a brand-new shirt or reviving your antique bedding and heirlooms, just one drop safely removes stubborn stains, old and new.
Steps + Instructions
STEP 1: get rid of those stains, girl
Start with stains. Pretreat and clean areas like collars, cuffs, and underarms with the Stain Solution and work it into the fabric using the Stain Brush of your finger. To remove grease, oil and other hard to clean stains, use the Wash & Stain Bar. Work the bar into a lather using cool water, apply directly to the stain.
STEP 2: time to wash
Bag it up first. Remove any detachable washable pieces like faux fur lining and hoods and insert into a Mesh Bag Bundle. Turn the coat, jacket, or cape inside out and drop into the drum along with the Mesh Washing Bag containing any other detachable. Select the Woolens, Delicate, or Handwash cycle on your washing machine and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low. Add Wool & Cashmere Shampoo considering the machine type and load size.
STEP 3: lay it down
Never put wool in the dryer! Lay it in its natural shape to dry and remove pills using the Cashmere Brush for light-knits, and the Sweater Comb for heavy-knit items. Lay item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or clean towel or hang to dry. When drying, avoid direct sunlight and heat sources, such as the radiator, because they can shrink or damage wool.
STEP 4: get hot and steamy
Ironing can crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns. Instead, steam clean your coat to remove wrinkles, odors, and help kill mites and bacteria.
STEP 5: don’t be a pill – use your de-piller!
Remove pills by gliding the Sweater Comb across pilled areas. Always work tools in one direction. Use the Cashmere Brush between wears to remove lint, fuzz, and hair and release natural oils that rejuvenate yarns.
Storing and Caring for Cashmere + Wool
When I'm done cleaning all of my cashmere and wool, I gently fold them up and place them in these sweater storage containers. I love these because they have clear front siding that allows you to see what's in the storage container - it has a front flap to take sweaters out and not mess the pile up, a pocket for a label, and a side window. Seriously these are WORTH every single penny and come in a set of 2. You can also throw some cedar blocks into the containers as well if you'd like. I then place them in a non-temperature controlled storage unit to be stored until winter time.
Be sure to NOT place them in plastic bags or on hangers as this can cause the fabric to stretch and tear. Avoid fragrances too as it can attract moths (cedar blocks, again, help with this too).
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