Your Edamame London piece is special.
If you treat it with respect, it should last you a lifetime.
Please ensure you refer to the care instructions on the garment care label. If hand-washing is recommended, our guidelines are as follows:
- Mix a small dose of cashmere/delicate wash (approximately 50ml per 6 litres of water) into a bowl of warm water (approx 30 - 40 degrees)
- Turn your garment inside out
- Gently squeeze the soap into the garment and then allow to soak for around 30 minutes
- Rinse thoroughly with cool water until there are no more soap suds (you may need to repeat the rinsing exercise a few times)
- Do not wring or rub your piece – it may damage the fibres
- Do not stretch your garment or lift it while it is full of excess water, as this may also damage the fibres
- Squeeze out the excess water and spin on the lowest speed on your washing machine
- Once all the water is removed, lay the piece flat to dry and pull into its’ original shape, preferably on a colour-fast towel
- Do not place on a direct heat source (e.g. on a radiator), nor in direct sunlight
- Do not hang your piece
- Do not tumble dry your piece
- For a finishing touch, steam it with steam from the iron to deal with any wrinkles and/or press it on a the lowest cool iron setting
We recommend hand-washing as above for the best results. Some pieces may be dry-cleaned or washed in a washing machine on the wool/delicate cycle. Please follow the garment’s care label instructions and ensure you use delicates or specialised cashmere wash if you choose to machine-wash your piece.
Only store clean pieces. Fold them carefully, rather than hanging them and use cotton, washable storage bags or sealed boxes to keep them moth-free when they are not being used. The type of moth most likely to feed on cashmere prefer warm, damp and dark environments and prefer used pieces.
Every couple of weeks expose your pieces to bright light and air them to ensure any lurking moth or larvae are repelled and fall-off. Some type of moth repellent (available from most supermarkets, department stores and specialist cleaners) is a good idea and we prefer cedar wood options as a sweeter-smelling and natural alternative to other types.
Pilling and bobble removal
It is a popular myth that pilling or “bobbles” on a cashmere or merino sweater indicate an inferior yarn quality. Cashmere fibres are extremely delicate and take time to settle, once knitted. You may find some pilling, especially in areas of high friction (e.g. Underarm, inside forearm, elbow) after initial wear. This is simply caused by loose fibres rubbing together and will be more prevalent in looser-knit pieces.
Remove the pills or bobbles carefully, either using a good quality fabric shaver (we use the Philips GC026/30) or a cashmere comb, being careful not to damage the knit. We do not recommend picking them off by hand. After initial wear and a few washes, you should find that your piece stops pilling and becomes even more luxuriously soft.
Cashmere vs Merino
We use either pure cashmere or cashmere/merino mixes of yarn and fibre in our pieces. Cashmere is celebrated for its softness and superb insulation properties while merino wool provides superb breathability, natural stretch and high, natural performance. We find that sometimes we want the pure luxury and insulation of cashmere to keep us cosy and warm, but sometimes in our now mostly centrally-heated lives, we prefer something a little less insulated…... For this reason we also use merino wool, which insulates a little less while providing fantastic drape and great wear performance.
Both types of fibre are natural, renewable and biodegradable. Occasionally we add a very small percentage of another developed fibre to give us the added advantage of extra elasticity – we do this only where we think the garment’s weight or shape will benefit from this to give extra longevity. This will always be indicated on the garment composition label so that you know exactly what you are wearing against your skin.
The following guidelines are taken from Woolmark’s comprehensive "Caring for your Merino Wool Sweater" training manual available on their website: www.woolmark.com. Please note we have not tested any of the removal methods set out below.
|Ball Point Pen
||Treat with eucalyptus oil or methylated spirits.
||Rinse in cold water, then add diluted white vinegar solution, then rinse thoroughly in cold water.
||Mix alcohol and white vinegar in equal parts and gently dab the stained area before pressing gently with an absorbent cloth.
||Dab area with undiluted white vinegar then rinse in cold water.
||Gently scrape with a knife or spoon to remove excess butter, then soak the stained portion of the garment in dry-cleaning fluid and gently dab the area.
||As for wax.
||Dab gently around the edge of the stain with a cloth soaked in white spirit before pressing gently with an absorbent cloth.
||Dab gently with clean methylated or surgical spirit.
||Dab stain with a cloth soaked in clean lukewarm water.
||Treat with white spirit, repeated with diluted white vinegar.
||As for gravy.
||As for gravy.
||As for beer.
||As for ball point pen.
||Treat with eucalyptus oil, turpentine or dry-cleaning fluid.
||As for lipstick.
||As for eggs.
||Flush with ammonia solution, then diluted white vinegar solution.
||Treat with mineral turpentine.
||Dab and soak in a dilute solution of white vinegar.
||Treat with lemon juice or diluted white vinegar.
||Gently scrape away the burnt fibre ends then treat with very dilute hydrogen peroxide solution.
||As for lipstick.
||As for paint (oil-based).
||As for beer.
||Place sweater in freezer to solidify and make the wax brittle, then break off. Remove residual by dabbing with surgical or methylated spirits.
|Wine (Red or White)
||Treat with water containing ammonia solution. Rinse using water containing salt.