Cashmere is an expensive and delicate fabric that requires special care, especially when attempting to remove difficult stains, such as chocolate. Washing cashmere improperly or using the wrong stain removal product can discolor, stiffen or even put holes in cashmere items. Most stains, including chocolate, can be removed using the right combination of chemicals and washing techniques.
Things You'll Need
- Absorbent towels
- Laundry detergent
- Diluted hydrogen peroxide
- Pretreatment stain remover
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Attend to stains soon after they occur, if possible. Older stains are significantly more difficult to remove.
Treat stains prior to laundering. Washing and drying a garment will set most stains, making them impossible to remove.
Avoid using chlorine bleach to remove chocolate stains on cashmere and similar fabrics. Bleach will significantly damage their color and structure.
Rinse the stained area under cold water, as quickly as possible after the staining occurs.
Remove as much of the stain as possible with a blotting motion, and gently scrape or chip away large bits of the staining material. Avoid excessive rubbing with delicate fabrics like cashmere.
Place an absorbent towel underneath the stain. Blot it lightly with a dilute solution of hydrogen peroxide.
Rub heavy-duty liquid detergent into the stained area, taking care not to damage the fabric.
Apply a pretreatment stain remover to the stained area, and let it sit. Different stain remover products will have different treatment times; make sure and consult the manufacturer's instructions.
Launder the item according to the directions on the tag. Most cashmere items require washing on the delicate cycle, in cold water.