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How to Wash a Cashmere Scarf?

May 18, 2020 3 min read 3 Comments

Washing a cashmere scarf is necessarily similar to washing our clothes in daily life, but cashmere is a kind of precious textile material with low content and the cashmere scarf is usually expensive, so you need to take special ways to wash a cashmere scarf.

In this article, we will talk about two ways to wash a cashmere scarf.

Wash a cashmere scarf by hand

Hand washing is the best way to wash a scarf at home. It is helpful for preventing cashmere from pilling. Please also remember that do not mix with other clothes to wash together in order to avoid staining.

Below are steps for washing a cashmere scarf by hand.

  1. Fill a large bowl with warm water and soak the scarf for 5 to 10 minutes before washing and gently squeezes in the water with both hands while soaking. The water temperature will be 35℃ normally. The purpose of soaking and squeezing is to get the grime attached to the inner part of the cashmere out of the fiber, and the other part of the dirt wetting loses.a bowel of waterput scarf in water for 5 minutes
  2. Drop some shampoo or baby shampoo in the water and gently squeeze the water with your hands. Please do not use hot soap water, scrub, or alkaline washing powder, otherwise, there will be a shrinking rolling felt and deformation. When washing cashmere scarf by hand, you can wash them with baby shampoo. Because cashmere fiber is the protein fiber, afraid of alkaline detergent.cashmere-shampoo
  3. Put in a small splash of vinegar if you want a natural fabric softener. We used the shampoo in the washing process, in order to neutralize residual soap lye in cashmere, some drops of vinegar are needed at the moment.
  4. Remove the stained areas using a wipe. Make sure to dab, but not rub the scarf to avoid cashmere pilling. If you don’t have a stain-removing wipe, you can put a little bit of liquid stain remover onto a paper towel.
  5. Gently swirl the scarf with your hands in water. Don't pull or drag because that can deform the cashmere. If you plan to wash several scarves, the lighted color one will be first.swirl the scarf in water by hands
  6. Rinse out your scarf in a bowl of clean water. Pour out all the water from the bowl, rinse it out, and refill it with clean water. Repeat this several times until the soap is gone.                                                             
  7. Lay the scarf on a flat surface, usually lay it on your towel. Don't put it under sunshine, just let it dry in a normal way.dry the cashmere scarf on flat

Now your scarf will be clean finally.

Wash a cashmere scarf by machine

Yes, you can wash a cashmere scarf by machine too. Below are the steps you need to follow up.

  • Step 1. Place your cashmere scarves in a laundry bag to prevent them from tangling.
  • Step 2. Follow the instructions on the cashmere detergent bottles to find out how much detergent is needed for the cashmere scarf in your washing machine.
  • Step 3. Drop some detergent into the washing machine.
  • Step 4. Set a short washing time and press start. The washing machine will not damage the integrity of the fiber, but too much stirring can cause pilling.
  • Step 5. Lay your cashmere scarf flat to air dry. Never use a dryer.

Can you dry clean a cashmere scarf?

Yes, you can. If you are busy and have no time to wash it by yourself. You can go to the dry cleaner to wash it. Cashmere scarves are easy to shrink, so be sure to tell the dry cleaner guys to treat it carefully. 

Following these tips and suggestions, you can wash your scarf in a safe way and keep them stay longer time in your life.

    3 Responses


    December 19, 2020

    Hello, @Steev Luice, for your first question, your wife’s sweater needs to be washed with cashmere product washing shampoo, it is one kind of special shampoo, please check with my posts. For the second question, if she wash cashmere sweater in warmer water, the water temperature should under 35 degree, it will not shrink. Hope you are clear now.

    Steev luice
    Steev luice

    December 19, 2020

    My wife stained her brand new expensive Cashmere sweater with her makeup. Though you have said to use liquid stain remover but do you have any special tips on how we can remove the stains without causing any harm to the cloth quality. And one more thing…does cashmere shrink after being washed using warm water?
    Thanks in advance.


    December 11, 2020

    I have seen my mother washing my father’s shawl always with hand and also according to her this is the best way. And of course as it is so expensive everyone should go for the hand cleaning process. Again yes using vinegar just works like magic🙂

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