All cashmere will pill, due to the nature and length of the yarn. It occurs in areas of friction, which causes the short fibres to lift out of the surface and creates small balls. You can minimize by de-pilling the balls by carefully using a pilling comb or lint stone. Lay the garment flat and comb downwards to gently remove the balls. Pilling should lessen over time after a few hand washes.
Washing cashmere can be done in the machine on a wool/delicate wash but check label first. However, we believe the best way is to wash by hand in luke warm water. Use a gentle detergent. We recommend The Lab Co’s Cashmere & Wool Laundry Wash. Avoid biological detergents, as they contain enzymes that break down protein fibres. Make sure it is fully dissolved in water before adding your garment. Turn inside out and gently agitate in the water for 5-10 minutes, letting the detergent do the work and don’t apply any force. Thoroughly rinse in cool water, until the water runs clear. Gently squeeze out excess water or try rolling flat in a towel, but do not wring.
Re-shape to its original shape and dry flat over a towel away from direct sunlight and heat, especially radiators. Hanging cashmere will stretch it out of shape. Do not tumble dry.
Never hang cashmere or knitted garments as it will damage the delicate fibres, causing distortion. Instead, store folded in a garment bag or tissue to avoid moths. If planning to store for any length of time, wash before as dirt and dead skin can attract moths.