The cashmere care guide

With great cashmere comes great responsibility. We source the finest fibres; we engineer the yarn so it's machine washable; we pre-wash each garment for supersoftness; and we only make them in colours YOU want to wear. The result? Sumptuous knitwear that lasts and lasts and lasts.

Pile of folded cashmere jumpers
Boden cashmere cardigan
Quotation marks

‘I love Boden cashmere – it’s soft yet durable, it doesn’t lose its shape and the colours don't fade. I haven’t bought cashmere from anywhere else in years.’ Jennifer, Seattle, US

Quotation marks
Washing bowl, brush and wool detergent

Wash it

Because we know you have loads on your plate, nearly all of our cashmere is machine washable (hurrah!) – but it’s good practice to always check the label. You definitely don’t need to wash after every wear – simply air out your cashmere between use and only wash a few times a season. Your cashmere (and the environment) will thank you.

Wash at 30°C

If using a machine, wash on a gentle cycle with a low spin setting at 30°C using a special wool detergent.

Hand wash

Hand washing? Use the same wool detergent, rinsing thoroughly with cool, clean water. Be extra careful not to wring or stretch your garment out of shape.

Dry it

Dry flat
Do not tumble dry

Roll your cashmere in a towel to remove excess water, then reshape the garment, straightening the sleeves and doing up any buttons. Be sure to dry it flat to keep it in ‘I just bought this’ condition. 

Roll the cashmere in a towel to remove excess water
Folded cashmere cardigans
Folded cashmere cardigans

Store it

Fold, don't hang

The cardinal rule of cashmere storage: fold, don’t hang (if you want to avoid pointy ‘hanger’ shoulders). Store freshly washed garments in breathable, sealed bags to keep moths at bay. Top tip: keeping cedar balls near anything knitted can help repel them.

Smooth it

It’s natural for cashmere to form fuzzy little bobbles on the surface, called pills. That doesn’t mean it’s poor quality – it’s just characteristic of this fibre. The good news is that they can be easily removed using an electric de-bobbler.

Striped cashmere jumper
Striped Boden cashmere jumper