Soft, supple cashmere has a wrinkle-free reputation, but even this classic fabric can't hold up to extremes. If you wad your cashmere sweater in a travel bag or sloppily fold your favorite scarf and stick it under a pile of jeans, your duds will likely need ironing. Despite popular misconceptions, you can indeed iron cashmere, but you have to take a few special considerations into account before getting steamy.

Clean your iron thoroughly if necessary; delicate cashmere is susceptible to ironed-on stains. Scrub the face of the cool iron with a solution of half water and half white vinegar. For more stubborn grime, use a paste of baking soda and water. Wipe away residue with a damp cloth and dry the iron completely before use.

Set your iron to its “low” or “wool” setting. Turn your cashmere garment inside-out and spread it out evenly on your ironing board, front side down, so that it's as close to wrinkle-free as you can get. If your garment has buttons, unbutton it so you are able to spread the fabric.

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Place a pressing cloth between the cashmere garment and your heated iron. Gently press the iron to the cloth, using smooth, up-and-down strokes. Keep the iron pressed to the cloth only for a few seconds at a time. Move the pressing cloth up the garment and continue to iron in sections. Flip the garment over to its front and repeat the process.

Tips

  • To prevent wrinkles, fold knitted cashmere garments neatly and insert pieces of tissue into the folds before storing them flat in a drawer. Hang woven cashmere garments on padded hangers. Let your wrinkled cashmere rest for at least 24 hours and the wrinkles will work themselves out naturally.
  • If you have access to a steamer, steam your cashmere instead of ironing it. Alternatively, you can set your iron to steam and hold it about a half-inch above the cashmere garment, aiming the bursts of steam toward the wrinkles and carefully smoothing the fabric by hand. Turn to this method for especially thin or delicate cashmere pieces.

Things Needed

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Pressing cloth
  • White vinegar (optional)
  • Baking soda (optional)

About the Author

Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.