How to Protect Cashmere Scarves From Holes

Protect cashmere scarves from moths by storing them properly.
Protect cashmere scarves from moths by storing them properly. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

If you've ever owned a cashmere scarf, you know that nothing comes close to this luxury fiber in terms of softness. The yarn, made from the silky undercoat of cashmere goats, is a favorite snack for moths. Moths are especially drawn to soiled wool, so a good hand washing is a must before storing a scarf you've worn all winter. After washing and drying your scarf, packing it carefully for storage will help ensure it survives the winter hole-free.

Things You'll Need

  • Wool wash
  • Bath towels
  • Acid-free tissue paper
  • Airtight plastic tub with lid
  • Lavender or cedar sachet
  • Tape

Lay the scarf in a clean sink and fill the sink with just enough cold water to cover it. Add wool wash according to the package directions. For best results and continued softness, use a detergent specially formulated for cashmere.

Allow the scarf to soak for 30 minutes, then turn on the faucet and rinse the scarf under the cold running water. Gently squeeze out as much excess water as possible without wringing or twisting the scarf. Lay the scarf on a large bath towel, roll the towel up like a jelly roll with the scarf inside it and press it gently with your hands to remove the rest of the water.

Lay as many dry bath towels end-to-end as necessary to accommodate the length of the scarf. Allow the scarf to air dry completely. Depending on the climate, this may take up to 24 hours.

Fold the scarf and sandwich it between two pieces of acid-free tissue paper.

Place the scarf in a plastic storage box with a tight-fitting lid. Tape a lavender or cedar sachet to the underside of the lid before placing it on the box. Press all the way around the edge of the lid to make sure it's completely sealed.

Store the box in a cool, dry place out of direct light, such as the top shelf of a closet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not dry clean cashmere, as the chemicals are too harsh and can permanently affect the scarf's softness.

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