Few things are as luxurious as a blanket made of cashmere. Cashmere is made of the underwool of a goat that’s native to Kashmir. The blanket from this wool is inexpressibly soft and downy. Cashmere blankets are pricey, but they’re well worth the cost.
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Blankets made from cashmere can be found at vendors like The Cashmere Shop. The best way to take care of blankets is to prevent damage to them in the first place. This means that they should be stored with cedar balls or lavender bottles, which will dissuade clothes moths. A cashmere blanket is best hand washed as opposed to placed in the washing machine. To clean a cashmere blanket by hand, the homeowner should:
- Take the blanket outside and shake it out to dislodge dirt and dust.
- Make sure that it’s colorfast.
- Fill a tub with cool water and detergent made for cashmere. Make sure that the water is cool because hot water will cause the blanket to shrink. Put the blanket in the tub and gently agitate it. Drain, press out any suds from the blanket then rinse with several rinses of cool water until the water runs clear.
- Gently wring the water out of the blanket and roll it up in towels. Change the wet towels for dry ones until the blanket is dry. Then, lay the blanket on dry towels. The blanket shouldn’t be hung or it may lose its shape.
This handling should allow the blanket to keep its beauty and softness for years to come.