Many people favor pashmina, a type of Indian cashmere that's often blended with silk, for its exceptional softness and durability. The long, soft wool fibers come from the pashmina goat, native to the Himalayas. If you own a pashmina scarf, washing it properly will help it keep its shape and softness. Pashmina can't withstand a cleaning in the washing machine, so you'll need to wash your scarf by hand.
Fill a bowl or sink with lukewarm or cold water. Add a few drops of liquid wool-laundering detergent. Stir until suds appear.
Put your pashmina scarf in the soapy water. Swirl the scarf around slowly to clean it. Don't squeeze the scarf or apply too much pressure; doing so may damage the fabric. If your scarf has tassels, swish them around gently.
Rinse the scarf two or three times under cool running water. Continue rinsing until no more soapsuds remain.
Lay a towel down, and then lay the scarf flat on the towel. Put another towel over the scarf. Press down on the top towel lightly to soak up excess water. Never wring water from the scarf.
Put the scarf on a clean, dry towel. Stretch the scarf out to its original shape, and then let it air dry.
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- To raise the pashmina's nap and give it a fuller look, brush it gently with a very soft-bristled brush.
- If your scarf gets wrinkled, lay it between two towels and iron it on medium heat.
- Take the scarf to a dry cleaner if it gets stained.
- Store your scarf away from direct sunlight, which can cause fading.
- Do not launder the scarf in hot water; this may cause it to shrink.
Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.
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