Oh cashmere, how we love you. You’re soft and luxurious but you can also be a real pain sometimes! Like any type of wool, cashmere takes a little special care when it comes to washing. One wrong step and your favourite cashmere sweaters become a misshapen mess! Honestly though, all it takes is a little knowledge and minimal effort to keep your clothes looking as good as they did on the day you bought them. Read More
We know all about caring for fine woollen garments at Merino Wool Knitwear. That’s because we’ve been making them for more than 30 years now! Our tradition has been passed down through the family line, and we’re proud to continue serving Australia with our years of experience in the knitwear industry. If you’re having a little trouble keeping your knits looking new, here are some tips we’ve picked up along the way:
Choose a Good Wash Over Dry Cleaning
Many sweaters on the market today call for dry cleaning, but that’s usually because they contain a synthetic blend or seek to keep the wearer from mishandling the garment during washing. However, sometimes dry cleaning can change the stiffness and texture of the fabric because the process uses dry chemical treatments to eliminate bacteria.
First off, your wool already eliminates a lot of bacteria for you. Wool fibres naturally contain antimicrobials that eat away at bacteria, stains and odours. That doesn’t mean your cashmere doesn’t need a wash every now and then! Instead of dry cleaning, hand wash your garment using gentle detergents and cool water, then lay flat and shape it to dry. As the garment dries, you should notice that any minimal stretching will correct itself.
Beware the Moth
There’s nothing tastier to a moth than your nicest cashmere. It seems they prefer to dine gourmet, and that means they’ll head straight for those expensive wools in your closet. Cedar and mothballs really only go so far. These deterrents will only keep the bugs away for so long, but it only takes on brave little moth to nibble a hole in your favourite cardigan.
If you have a problem with moths, we recommend storing your knits in a plastic sandwich bag or a zippable garment bag. This will keep them from having any kind of access so even the bravest moths won’t stand a chance! If you’ve already had an item ruined by pesky little moths, why not find something new from our line of cashmere sweaters? Our online shop offers many styles and colours to choose from, so you’ll be able to find something perfectly matched to your wardrobe!
Purchase Natural Blends and Pure Knits to Avoid Pilling
The number one complaint we see about today’s cashmere knits is early pilling. It used to be that a finely knit sweater would last for decades without showing any real signs of wear and tear. However, manufacturers have begun cutting costs by using synthetic blends with natural fibres. At first, they look great. In fact, they can look just as good as a wholly natural sweater. It’s almost guaranteed that a synthetic blend will begin to pill within the first year of use, if not the first six months! So, a blend may cost less up front, but you’ll be replacing it next year.
Shop With Merino Wool Knitwear for Superior Quality
Our knitwear is made from quality fleece. Any blended materials are combined with other high-quality natural fibres. With proper care, your cashmere will look as good as new for years to come.
Our history of creating the finest cashmere sweaters in Australia means you can trust us for quality and class. So, if you’re looking for a little luxury to add to your wardrobe, look no further than Merino Wool Knitwear.Read Less