Ways to Care
Caring for Your Favourite
Fabrics & Fibres
Wool & Cashmere
Each yarn and yarn blend will be a little different, so always read the care instructions. As a general rule however, knitwear must be treated gently so invest in a delicate wool wash and use it sparingly. In lukewarm water, hand-press the suds through the garment and let it soak for a few minutes before rinsing.
Be careful not to wring out your garment as this will stretch the fibres. Lay your knit flat on a clean towel in its natural shape, then roll up the towel and gently press down to remove excess water. To dry, lay the item flat on a clean towel away from direct sunlight.
Some cashmere knits contain care instructions to cool iron and we use this term when garments include fibres that are susceptible to heat. As cashmere is supremely delicate, we recommend setting your iron on its coolest possible temperature, as the use of a hot iron can scorch its surface hair, making it less lofty and feel scratchy.
Pilling is not a sign of poor quality, but an inherent characteristic in even the most premium knitwear.
“Pilling is caused by the soft fibres that sit on the outside of your knitwear. When your garment is knitted, it’s put through a finishing process to determine the ‘hand-feel’,” explains Jane Grimme, Head of Design at Trenery.
“This makes it soft, but also means the fibres are brought closer to the surface. The length of the fibre also determines this, and soft fibres like cashmere give your garment a luxurious feel, but are also more delicate and prone to pilling.”
There are a few ways to minimise or remove pilling, explains Jane.
“You can avoid it by buying cleaner surfaced knits, such as extrafine merino or cotton. Try to avoid situations where coarse fabrics such as the inside hem of a wool coat, or a textile bag might rub on your knit. Always follow the care instructions, and the occasional dry clean can keep your knit in shape,” Jane says.
“If you can’t resist the softness of a lofty, brushed cashmere or cashmere-blend (I know I can’t), maintain the pilling with a pill comb or motorised de-pilling device. A good quality yarn will settle down over time and cease to pill as much.”
Knits should always be neatly folded on a shelf, not hung, and resting your knitwear for 24 hours before wearing again will help it to retain its shape. Before storing your sweaters and wool coats away for the warmer months, they should be de-pilled or brushed and packed away ready for the next season. To keep moths at bay, opt for lavender-filled sachets or cedarwood blocks, which are safer, natural alternatives to mothballs, many of which contain insecticides.
Invest in quality care products to prep and maintain your leathergoods on a regular basis. Available at selected Trenery and David Jones stores, our Water & Stain Protector is designed to repel water and stains from nubuck, suede and leather, while our Leather Conditioner helps nourish your shoes and bags and prevent the leather from drying out. Our Suede Brush is another handy tool that will gently remove surface dirt from suede shoes and accessories. Always test products on an inconspicuous area first, such as the base of a handbag.