Caring for Your Garments

Tips and advice for taking care of your finest silk and cashmere garments - from the pros!

 

CASHMERE

 

Cleaning

To avoid stretching, snagging, or other mistakes, we recommend not washing your cashmeres at home. Along with your silks, it is best to take your cashmeres to a trusted dry cleaner to be cleaned. If you are comfortable with and prefer to hand wash cashmere at home, follow these instructions:

To Wash:

Prepare lukewarm water with cashmere shampoo.

Fold your garment in half and place it in the water, gently pushing it up and down.

Be careful if your garment is thick or large, as the water will make it very heavy. To avoid stretching, never hold it up while it is wet.

Rinse out the garment in the exact temperature you used to wash it to prevent shrinking.Once rinsed, lay it out on a towel, and use

the towel to press out any remaining water.

Lay it out flat to dry. Do not try to wring it out, or twist it in any way!

 

Storing

Always fold and lay your cashmere in a cedar chest or closed drawers with cedar balls, to protect from harm. Do not hang your cashmere! Hanging may stretch the garment to an unwanted shape.

 

Steaming

DO NOT IRON your cashmere! Steaming is the best way to get rid of wrinkles. Our team uses and recommends the Conair® ExtremeSteam® GS95 Fabric Steamer with Dual Heat. This steamer is perfect for ensuring quick and flawless results.

To Steam:

Before you do anything, please check the garment has stains or not. DO NOT steam over stains, as it will set in the stain to be permanent. 

Fill the steamer with distilled water only in order to avoid stains. 

To set up the steaming process, fold the garment over the bar of a wooden hanger or hang the garment on non-slip hanger.

Turn the steamer on.

Once the steam begins, wait a few seconds until it is consistent.

Hold it a few inches away from the garment with the head at an angle, and slowly move it in downward strokes.

Always steam in sections, and take your time!

One technique we recommend is steaming from the inside out: hold out fabric in one hand, and steamer in the other, steaming from top to bottom.


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SILKS

Cleaning

Silk is far too delicate to risk washing yourself! Leave treating and cleaning your silks to your most trusted dry cleaner.

 

Storing

To prevent moisture from sinking into the fabric, always hang your silk in a cool, dry closet. If you want to store your silk in a garment bag, opt for breathable bags over plastic.

 

Steaming

If your silk garment is wrinkled, steaming it is your best option! Our team uses and recommends the Conair® ExtremeSteam® GS95 Fabric Steamer with Dual Heat. This steamer is perfect for ensuring quick and flawless results.

To Steam:

Before you do anything, please check the garment has stains or not. DO NOT steam over stains, as it will set in the stain to be permanent.

Fill the steamer with distilled water only in order to avoid stains. 

Hang the garment and turn the steamer on.

Wait until the steam is consistent, and hold it a few inches away from the garment with the head angled downward.

Slowly move the steamer in downward strokes, holding the material out in its preferred shape until the fabric dries.

Always steam in sections, and take your time!

One technique we recommend is steaming from the inside out: hold out fabric in one hand, and steamer in the other, steaming from top to bottom.


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Linen

Cleaning

If your linen has noticeable stains, we recommend you always send it to a trusted dry cleaner. If there are no stains and you are comfortable washing at home, however, hand washing your linen garments will actually extend the life of the fabric! If you do decide to wash your linen yourself, be sure to follow these instructions:

To Wash:

Prepare cold water with mild detergent.

Place your linen garment in the water, gently pushing it up and down.

Remove the garment from the soapy water, and drain the water.

Refill with cold water and repeat process until the water is soap-free.

Air-dry the garment on a soft hanger, or lay it flat.

Do not put your linen in the clothes dryer, or wring the garment out to remove water - patting the item with a towel will help rid excess moisture.

 

Storing

To avoid wrinkling, always hang linen in a cool, dry closet. If you cannot hang them, roll them instead of folded to prevent creasing.

 

Steaming

The fibers in linen fabrics naturally wrinkle, so slight creases are unavoidable. To give your linens a smooth and pressed look, however, we recommend using the heat and moisture of a steamer. Ironing may incidentally alter the fabric and its texture, so to be safe, stick to steaming! 

To Steam:

Before you do anything, make sure the steamer is filled with distilled water to avoid stains.

Hang the garment and turn the steamer on.

Wait until the steam is consistent, and hold it a few inches away from the garment with the head angled downward.

Always steam in sections, and take your time!

One technique we recommend is steaming from the inside out: hold out fabric in one hand, and steamer in the other, steaming from top to bottom.