After-Care of your products purchased from Pashmina International

Pashmina International recommends DRY CLEANING your product/s purchased from Pashmina International, by using a professional Dry Cleaning Service.

This will give you peace of mind as most good Dry Cleaning companies are well aware of how to wash/treat/iron/steam iron delicate products like Pashminas, Pashm Wool and Silk.

However, it is a fact that cleaning our products at home is quite easy and some of our customers may choose to do so. To that end, please find below some simple and easy-to-do instructions on how to care for your proud possession.

Please note that Pashmina International cannot be held responsible for any damage that may be caused to your purchased product/s, due to amateur/improper/incorrect /negligent ways of trying to care for your purchase/s.

Pashminas
Silk Scarves and Stoles
Pashm Wool Scarves and Stoles

PASHMINAS

Washing

Pashmina products can be delicately hand/machine washed in cold water with a light/gentle detergent. You may also use comfortable warm water to wash your pashminas along with a good, natural shampoo. They need to be then be folded in a towel to remove excess water and laid flat to dry.
Note –

  • Do not bleach pashmina products.
  • Squeeze your pashmina shawl softly, do not distort or wing. Twisting the moist pashmina shawl would stretch the shape of your pashmina shawl.
  • Dried up flat your pashmina items after extracting excess water from pashmina products, away from direct heat and sunlight.

Ironing

Iron/Press Pashmina product/s when it is still a little bit damp. Place the iron to the steam setting with the heat setting for wool or silk. Lay the shawl on the ironing board and smooth it with your hand, subsequently put the fabric between two towels press cloths and press lightly.

To remove wrinkles, Pashminas can either be steam pressed or lightly ironed under a pressing cloth/towel, ensuring that the iron is set at its lowest temperature.

Some other practical tips

  • Avoid wearing or using the same pashmina products frequently. Try allowing the pashmina product/s two days of “rest” for every 1 day you wear it.
  • Never use the pashmina shawls or pashmina stoles or pashmina scarves next to rough clothing, metal necklace, bracelet, belt and rough leather bags as these may harm your product.
  • To avoid pilling, it is important not to rub the pashmina product/s with abrasive clothing, metal accents, bags and all types of belts. To take off pills, simply manually pick them off using a gentle sticky roller. Do not rub and brush the pashmina products.
  • Cleaning your pashmina products before storage is suggested, as new spots that may not however be noticeable will oxidize and become fixed whilst in storage and can be attractive to moths. Prevent moths from being attracted by storing your product/s in sealed, air-tight plastic/storage bags or by using moth balls or other moth deterrents.

SILK SCARVES AND STOLES

Washing

Hand washing silk highly recommended.

Silk is a natural protein fiber. Never apply chlorine bleach to clean silk as that can cause serious damage to the product/s. Substances containing alcohol will damage silk fabrics. So let your perfume and hairspray dry off before you wash silk product/s.

  • Use lukewarm water and mild detergents or even baby shampoo.
  • When rinsing, you can put several tablespoons of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water to neutralize alkali traces and to dissolve soap residue.
  • Or even, add some drops of hair conditioner into the final rinse water for that extra silky feel.
  • Soaking silk over than a couple of minutes need to be avoided.
  • Never apply harsh detergents that possess bleaches or brighteners.
  • You should never shake or twist; roll in towel to remove water.
  • Avoid drying silk in direct sunlight; choose a cool shaded place under cover.

Ironing

Set your iron temperature to the setting for “silk.” If your iron doesn’t have this temperature setting, choose the one for “rayon” or the “cool” setting. Allow the iron to heat up.

Lay your scarf flat on your ironing board. Utilize your hand to lessen the larger wrinkles so they iron flat and don’t fold over each other.

Press down gently with your iron onto the scarf and slide it smoothly over the surface of the scarf. Lift it up off the scarf at the other edge. Slide it throughout the scarf a few times to remove the creases.

Use a pressing cloth/towel to provide protection from heat damage to the fibers. Ensure the scarf is flat and place the press cloth on top so you do not iron in a crease. Press the iron down firmly on the press cloth so the heat goes through the press cloth to the scarf; slide it smoothly over the surface from the fabric. Slide it above the scarf a few times and then lift up the cloth to see if the creases are gone.

PASHM WOOL SCARVES AND STOLES

Washing

  • Fill a wash basin, bucket, or your sink with warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot – you should be able to comfortably hold your hand in it for a few minutes. Add a capful or two of a gentle laundry detergent which is safe to use with high-quality fabrics. Delicately swish your hand by the water to create suds.
  • Completely submerge your scarf in the sudsy water. Do not rub or scrub your scarf – this may encourage the fibers in the yarn to start felting with each other. You may rather carefully squeeze the scarf once or twice to make sure it is thoroughly soaked. Once your scarf is absolutely sunken, let it soak for ten minutes.
  • After ten minutes, gather the entire scarf into your hands and carefully lift it out from the water. You may squash it softly to eliminate excess water, however do not squeeze very tightly. Place it apart on a folded towel for the time being. Remove the wash water, then replenish the basin or sink with clean fresh water – again, make sure the water is cozy, but not hot. Deluge your scarf in the clean water, slowly squeezing it and pressing it towards the bottom part of the basin. Do not shake or distort your scarf.

Drying

To dry your scarf, spread out a good sized towel, like a bath towel, upon a large flat area. Carefully place it to the middle of the towel and be cautious not to pull or extend it out of shape. After, fold the left and right edges of the towel above the scarf then roll away the towel through one end to the other. Press down hard on the rolled-up towel – this will gently squeeze out the excess water and the towel can soak it up. Unroll and flatten the towel, and gradually take out the scarf.

Keep a few second to dry the towel in a warm place; be sure it isn’t right under the sun, as sunlight could dim the colours in your scarf.

Ironing

Set your iron to its “low” or “wool” setting.

Use a pressing cloth between the product and your heated up iron. Carefully move the iron to the cloth, using easy, up-and-down strokes. Continue the iron pressed to the fabric just for a couple of seconds at a time. Push the pressing cloth up the apparel and carry on to iron in sections. Flip the item onto its front and do the process again.

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars ( AUD $).