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Christopher's Cashmere Care

Every Christopher Fischer Cashmere is the result of a combination of modern technology in processing, dyeing, spinning and knitting the fiber and yarns, balanced with traditional hand finishing skills and individual care and attention to ensure that every sweater is of the finest quality.


Correct care of your cashmere is essential to maintaining your garment’s continued soft hand feel, luxurious quality and appearance.


Caring for your sweater starts when putting on or taking off your sweater, ensuring not overstretching the neck opening or any delicate seam.


For the very best results we recommend to hand wash your cashmere, otherwise you can also dry clean the garment.


HOW TO HAND WASH YOUR SWEATER.


Cashmere Shampoo


Wash each garment individually in cool, tepid water. Use only a very small peanut size amount of Christopher Fischer Cashmere Shampoo, or a high quality mild and low acidity shampoo.   Hair shampoo works too!Do not use bleach or harsh detergents, or wash in too hot water, as this will remove the natural oils in the cashmere fiber and cause the garment to become harsh, matted and brittle.


Wash


Gently squeeze the garment in the soapy water, repeating this as quickly as possible.Avoid rubbing or wringing the garment.Do not let the garment soak in the water.


Rinse


Immediately, rinse the garment repeatedly in cool water until the water appears clean and clear of any soap.Gently squeeze out the excess water, but do not wring.


Spin


Put the garment into a lingerie wash bag or pillowcase and use your washing machine’s “spin only” cycle to spin out any excess water.   You can use a salad spinner as well if the garment is not too big!Otherwise, place the garment flat onto a clean dry towel, and then roll it up in the towel like a Swiss roll, applying pressure to squeeze out the excess water.Dry
Place the sweater flat on another clean and dry towel, gently pulling the garment to your desired shape and fit.  Make sure all the ribs and cuffs dry closed and tight together by gently pulling on these to close up the knitted ribs.Turn the garment over to dry on both sides.Always dry in an airy place, away from direct sunlight, radiators or any direct heat.


Tumble


Once thoroughly dry, you can gently tumble the sweater at a low temperature in your dryer to make the fibers “bloom” and have a more lofty appearance and hand feel.To do this, turn the garment inside out and put it inside a pillowcase or lingerie wash bag, and tumble for a short time.  


Steam


When dry, pick off any pills or yarn balls, and then gently steam onto the garment to lift the top surface and shape to your best fit.Do not directly iron or press the surface of the garment, as this could scorch the surface, always steam through a clean cotton cloth or handkerchief to protect the sweater.After pressing leave the sweater in an airy place to dry and cool. 


Storing your sweater


Fold flat, preferably with just one fold.Never hang your sweater. When storing sweaters at the end of the season, always wash or dry clean the sweater first. Do not store anything unwashed.Fold the sweater with acid free tissue paper in the fold. Do not store sweaters in plastic bags as the sweater needs to “breathe”.Store in a dark, airy place, and not smashed and squeezed into a drawer or cupboard.When storing for a longer time, wrap each garment in tissue paper and place lavender or rosemary sachets with each garment, or store with cedar blocks on the shelves or hanging in your closet. Don’t forget to spritz them occasionally with water to keep the cedar active.


DRY CLEAN


If you do decide to dry clean your garment, ensure that the dry cleaner is experienced with cleaning cashmere and fine fabrics, and always tell them the sweater is cashmere.Advise the cleaner of your preferred chest and length measurements, and request they block the sweater to your requested measurements.



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