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At Nathalie Schuterman, we strongly believe in investing in a wardrobe built on quality, durability and modern classics. Investing in a wardrobe with timeless pieces without any best-before date and of good quality not only has benefits for you, it also brings great benefits for our planet and for the climate. In this section, we help you with tips to maximize the lifespan of your garments, to get the most out of your investment and to keep both your garments and our planet clean and sustainable.
Tips on how to reduce your climate impact:
-Invest in timeless garments with high quality and long durability
-Take good care of your clothes
Cashmere is a delicate material, as it is one of the world's finest and most sensitive natural fibers, but this does not mean that it is more difficult to take care of the garments, rather the opposite! Below we have listed some quick and easy tips on how you can keep your cashmere garments nice and healthy for as long as possible.
Avoid hangers: Knitted garments in general should not be stored on a hanger, this is because it stretches the garment. Instead, store your cashmere garments folded in a drawer or in your closet. If possible, store the garments in a dark and cool place between your uses.
Avoid washing your cashmere too often: Only wash your cashmere garments if you really need or have to. The wool fiber in the cashmere has natural antibacterial properties, which means that they do not need to be washed as often. Instead it is often enough to hang out the garments in the air to freshen them up. Between uses, it is also possible to brush the garments with a soft clothing brush to keep them clean and fresh.
Wash your cashmere properly: If you still need to wash your cashmere garment, if for example there is a stain or odor that you do not get rid of, it is important to follow the care instructions. Hand washing in cold water is the very best, together with a mild detergent that is adapted for cashmere. Never use bleach or fabric softener. Allow the garment to dry flat on a towel after washing it, and stretch the garment to its original shape as it may have contracted during the washing. It is important that you do not hang the garment to dry when it is wet as this make it lose its shape, neither tumble dry it as this will dry out the fibers and greatly shrink the garment.
Pilling on cashmere garments: It is normal that cashmere garments will pill at first. When the cashmere is spun into a yarn, the lengths of the fibers can differ and when the garment is used and is being subjected to friction, the short and excess fibers tend to crawl out on the surface; pills. You can easily remove the pills with a cashmere comb or gently with an electronic fabric shaver. Avoid using a clothes roller for your cashmere garments, as it can pull up the fibers and cause even more pills. Instead, use a soft cloth brush to get rid of dust and dirt.
Cedar wood: Cashmere and wool are attractive materials to moths, which can ruin your garments. The main way to keep the moths away is by storing the garments cool, clean and dry. It could also be a good idea to invest in cedar wood to place in your drawers or in your closet, to keep the pests away.