How to Remove Stains from Cashmere
Pashmina or Cashmere comes from Persian Pashm meaning “made from wool”. Pashmina is a fine type of wool which comes from the underbelly of the Himalayan goat locally knows as Chyangra (Capra Hircus) which lives in the high altitudes of the Himalayas. Living in this high altitude, Himalayan goats need to have a warm winter fur to protect them against the bitter winter cold and to survive an extremely cold climate. This luxurious fiber is very warm and light and needs more care compared to other fiber and following are the top tips on how to get any nasty stains out of your delicate cashmere items.
For General Stains
For most stains, running them under a bit of cool water and then using a laundry stain remover such as Zout is a promising idea.
But DO NOT rub the stain remover in. It might cause a hole in the cashmere. Just leave it to penetrate for a while and then wash the whole item under cool water again.
If there’s still a little trace of the stain left, use a mild shampoo to hand-wash the item and again don’t focus on the stain. Just hand-wash it as normal.
Tannin stains – such as coffee, wine, fruits or vegetable stains
Wash the garment under cool water and then use some PH-neutral dishwashing liquid. Sponge the area of the stain very gently – don’t rub or scrub – and keep running it under cool water for a rise till the stain has vanished.
Gently remove any chocolate that is still stuck to the clothing using your fingers, a spoon or dull knife. Make sure you aren’t rubbing in or spreading the chocolate any further.
Then turn the item over so that you can wash it from the back of the mark with cool water.
Finally, if there’s anything left, leave it to soak in mild shampoo or PH neutral dishwashing liquid and cool water. Make sure the stain soaks in the liquid and leave it for 15-20 minutes before very carefully rubbing the stain to try and loosen it further. Then rinse it clean and the stain will hopefully be gone!
For greasy products and make-up such as butter or lipstick, first of all, dab up what you can, blotting away any excess makeup. Be gentle and make sure not to rub it in or spread the stain.
The next step is to use baking soda on the mark. It won’t affect your cashmere – just leave it on for 20 minutes so that it can absorb as much of the grease as possible and then shake it off. You probably want to do that over a sink.
Most of the stain should hopefully be gone but if there’s a little bit left, the best thing to do soak the garment in a mild shampoo before hand-washing it.
Make-up with no grease
We’re talking about eye-shadow, blusher and bronzer type products here. The powdery stuff. For these types of stains, skip the baking powder and go straight to pre-soaking the garment in a mild shampoo. Then hand-wash in cool water and it should look good as new!
– Do not wash and dry a cashmere product with stains as this will set the stains and then you’ll never get them out.
– Never use bleach. It will remove the color and damage the fabric of the item.
– Don’t ever wring cashmere to dry it – the product will lose its shape. Gently squish out excess water and then place the garment on a towel, roll it up and again gently press the water out. Then, take a fresh dry towel and place the item on it and leave to dry.
– The best thing to remember is to try never to do it again. Failing that – come back and use our helpful tips once more! Good luck!