Sweaters, we love you. Those pesky pills? Not so much.
Classic style cashmere V-necks are worth the money, because we expect them to last season after season. So what's the best way to care for our beloved knits to ensure that happens? How can we store our sweaters to ensure they make it from one season to the next?
I recently visited The Laundress flagship store in Soho after a new client introduced me to one of the founders. The visit gave me a great education on how to wash, care for and store my treasured winter layers and dare I say, they made laundry seem fun!
The Laundress: How to Wash Wool & Cashmere
For starters, the dry cleaning process is pretty toxic to clothes and you don't want to leave your sweaters hanging in those plastic dry cleaning bags! The second revelation was a shock - did you know you can wash your sweaters at home? Yes, even delicate cashmere! Admittedly, I was hesitant about this step. As a mom of 3, I do a load of laundry every single day. (And if we're being honest with each other, I hate it.) The best way to care for sweaters is hand washing but hand wash a sweater? You're kidding me, right?
But I gave it a try...
Ok, not the hand wash version, but the alternative delicate cycle version. They had me put my sweater in a mesh bag, use two capfuls of The Laundress Cashmere and Wool Shampoo ($19), and then start the washing machine on the delicate cycle. After the cycle ran, I laid the sweater flat to dry.
And guess what? It was easy! My sweater looks AND smells amazing. I'm converted.
The Laundress: How to Care for Sweaters
This is the step I was most interested in. How do I get rid of those pesky pills and keep sweaters looking fresh in-between washings? Turns out, it's pretty easy. The best part? It only requires a few simple steps:
The Laundress: How to De-pill a Sweater
1. Lay the piece being treated on a flat surface.
2. Using the sweater stone or sweater comb, brush gently in one direction, using long strokes.
3. Remove all lint and fuzzies with one final sweep using the cashmere brush.
4. For best results, de-pill items prior to laundering and storage.
Sweater Stone ($18) - which is ideal for heavier woolens, thick gauge yarns.
Sweater Comb ($18) - ideal for delicate knits & fine gauge woolens.
Cashmere Brush ($60) - used for removing lint and brushing the fine yarns in between wearing and washing. Will also rejuvenate the yarns and bring out the natural oils and luster, bringing back that original look when first purchased.
Wool and Cashmere Spray ($10) - spray to freshen sweaters in between washing. As a bonus, it also acts as a natural moth and bug repellent due to the cedar wood essential oils we add for scent.
I purchased all of these items during my visit, and because of them I am now armed with a complete sweater care kit! If you're a client and live within 30 miles of Summit, NJ I want you to try these products! If you want to try out these sweater-saving secrets, let me know. I'll stop by for a visit and give you a personal demo during the month of March.
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The Laundress: How to Store Sweaters
I typically leave my clean sweaters in a bin in my closet during the off season but not this year! After purchasing a few cotton canvas zip pouches, I'm ready to properly store my sweaters. Using these tips from The Laundress, we can encourage their long term durability and wear for years to come.
1. Always wash items before storing to prevent mystery stains from appearing later.
2. Pack items in a breathable cotton bag with a zip closure to best protect the fabrics' integrity.
3. Store items in a space that is clean, cool, dark, and dry. Avoid storing your fabrics in attics or basements as humid areas are optimal environments for moth breeding and mold and mildew growth. Areas of extreme temperature or direct sunlight lead to deterioration of textiles over time and should also be avoided.
4. Add a Cedar Drawer Sheet or a Lavender Pouch to storage bags to ward off critters and keep the items inside fresh. The scent of cedar naturally repels insects, so we suggest spritzing Wool & Cashmere Spray as well. Whatever you do, make sure you never use moth balls, cedar blocks, or chips. Moth balls are toxic and leave behind a noxious odor. Cedar blocks are bad because they transfer oil onto fabric, resulting in hard to remove stains - and caring for sweaters is hard enough.
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Special thanks to Brianna DeRosa, the General Manager of The Laundress Flagship in Soho, for sharing her sweater care knowledge with me. If you're in the city, be sure to stop in and visit her!
The Laundress Flagship
199 Prince Street
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