Care Instructions

Washing

For cashmere garments, no rinse is a good concept. Cashmere fiber has barbs on it that have a tendency to link together when agitated or washed in the wrong temperature of water. This leads to "felting" and shrinking. Using a no rinse product ensures that the water temperature is not being changed between the wash and rinse water. It also means that you are handling the fibers less and decreasing the danger of "felting" it. The lanolin in our BlackGoat Shampoo is a natural conditioner for wool, so it helps to increase the loft of the fibre and increase the softness by relaxing the barbs.

No need to wash your garment after each wear, but your sweater loves to be washed on a regular basis especially when new in order to reduce the excess of fiber, which could create some pilling.

Front load machine: set on the rinse and spin cycle. Pour BlackGoat Shampoo in the fabric dispenser drawer and then run the cycle. As an alternative should you prefer to run the entire cycle, use “Delicate” and no more than 30 degrees Celsius or 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Top loader: We do not recommend using a top loader to wash your cashmere garments.

By hand: simply soak the garment in a basin of water with BlackGoat Shampoo, gently massage with hands and then squeeze excess water out.

Drying

After washing, squeeze the water out of your garment, then roll it in a clean dry towel to remove excess moisture. Or spin the water out in your washing machine. Then “block” the item on a drying rack or a dry towel. Blocking is simply shaping the garment back into its original shape. Allow to dry away from direct sunlight or heat.

Never put cashmere wool in a dryer.

Ironing

Cashmere - use the wool setting on your iron and with a pressing cloth, iron on the wrong side (the inside) of the fabric. Use steam is also a good idea.

Pilling

Even high quality cashmere may pill. Pills are the little balls of fiber that start to gather on your sweater typically in areas where there is friction. Pilling is a natural happening in a lifetime of a garment and can be quickly removed with a sweater stone, or by picking them off by hand. This keeps your sweater looking fresh and new.

Tip: Washing your sweater on a regular basis helps to reduce the "pilling effect".

Storing

When you are finished wearing your cashmere garments for the season, it is important to store them away clean and in a sealed container if possible. Pests such as moths like body smells and will quickly eat a hole in your treasured garment if not cleaned before storing. Also, body oils, perfumes and deodorants can discolour fabric over time. Wash the garment using BlackGoat Shampoo Eucalyptus or Lavender scent. Allow to dry completely then wrap item in several sheets of tissue paper and store. In addition, you can purchase sachets of lavender or cedar balls to store in the container with your garment. If you have concerns that moths may be in your woolens, place the article in a plastic bag and put in your freezer for 2 days to kill moths and larvae.

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