The Laundress' Guide to Sweater Care

September 20, 2016

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Hilary Rhoda wears the Asa Ribbed Turtleneck. Photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank.

Our fall collection is full of cozy wool sweaters and luxe cashmere turtlenecks that are guaranteed to become staples in your wardrobe for years to come. We asked our friends at The Laundress for their quick tips when it comes to caring for wool and cashmere. Check them out below and pick up our favorite products from The Laundress next time you're in our Madison Avenue store!


Hand washing is the best and safest method for washing woolens. If the item contains any amount of wool or cashmere, treat as a woolen, even if the percentage is small. Create a bath with tepid water and add The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hand. Soak for up to 30 minutes. Rinse by running cool water through the item until rinse water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, gently press against the sink or basin to remove excess water.


Turn item inside out and place into a mesh laundry bag. Wash on the woolens/delicate cycle in cold water. Add The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo for a small machine load.


Lay the item flat on a towel. With the item in its natural shape, roll it up in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove excess water. Lay flat to dry on a drying rack.


The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo is a plant-derived, pH neutral wash that is gentle on natural fibers like wool, cashmere, merino, mohair and more. It thoroughly cleans, removing odor, dirt, and oil, while preserving your sweater’s soft and supple hand and natural lanolin. The cedar-based fragrance combines sandalwood, orange and rose to naturally repel moths and pests.

To freshen up between washes and wearing, use The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Spray. It's anti-bacterial and adds a warm cedar scent while removing odor.


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