It’s cold outside, winter is here!

It's cold outside, winter is here!

Winter is here!…Our knees are knocking, and our teeth are chattering! As we’re all layering up to keep these cold weather symptoms at bay, your winter wear needs special care to ensure it lasts all winter long. Anything from cashmere scarves and sweaters, to wool coats and boots…It’s important to remember two key things:

For most cashmere pieces, dry cleaning is the preferred mode of cleaning so ALWAYS check the labels to see what they advise. If you can wash your cashmere at home, hand wash in cold water and dry flat. NEVER use the dryer or hot water as that can cause shrinkage. Drying on a hanger will cause stretching.

Wool is one of the best fabrics out there to keep you warm in the winter. For multicolor wool coats, or wool coats with another fabric like leather juxtaposed with the wool; trust your dry cleaner as you want to avoid any color bleeding that can occur during home care. Wool items usually cannot be washed, so do not try to clean at home if the label indicates “dry clean only”.

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Sweater Season

Sweater Season

Have you ever pulled out your favorite sweater and see that it has a pull or snag in it? Well its important to know that depending on the fabric, it can completely ruin the piece if not addressed! It is caused when something rough or sharp pulls at the fibers of your garment, these fibers are being stretched or removed from their normal fabric pattern. With woven knits, these pulls can actually be repaired invisibly, but make sure not to cut or pull them further, as that can create a hole.

When washing your sweaters, its incredibly important to pay attention to the tag on the garments. For finer sweaters like cashmere, angora or alpaca; they will all probably need to be dry cleaned. For those that are wool, cotton, linen, or acrylic; they should be hand washed and dried flat.

There’s a lot that can go wrong when trying to maintain your sweaters, so hopefully these tips help in keeping them looking their best!