Your Ultimate Guide to Sweater Care
Sweaters are a wardrobe staple this time of year—and you definitely want your investment into cashmere or wool sweaters to last. But those plans can hit a snag if, well, your sweater gets a serious snag (or shrinks or gets misshapen).
Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to take good care of your sweaters, so they look great season after season. Try these tips to find high quality sweaters—and keep them looking their best.
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Shop for Sweaters Wisely
That $250 cashmere sweater may seem steep, but often the more expensive sweaters feature a thicker, tighter weave that'll last longer than their cheaper counterparts. Before you buy, examine the weave of the sweater—tighter weave sweaters are more likely to last than ones that have a more open weave.
You might also want to consider a cashmere blend—you'll sacrifice a bit of softness, but make up for it with a sweater that might handle more wear and tear.
How to Wash a Cashmere Sweater or Wool Sweater
Unless your sweater's care instructions say to dry clean only, your wool or cashmere sweater can stand up to a (very gentle) tumble in the washing machine. Here's how to wash a wool sweater or cashmere sweater and still protect it from damage.
How to Fix a Pilled Sweater
Whenever your sweater's rubbing against something else, like your bag at your hip or against itself under your arms, it can develop tiny pills. Fortunately it's easy to remove the pills and get your sweater back into tip-top shape.
How to Fix Sweater Shrinkage
It happens—somehow, someone sneaks your favorite wool sweater into the dryer. But that doesn't mean you need to give it away to a small child. Here's how to refashion your sweater after a run through the dryer.
How to Fix Sweater Snags
All it takes is a quick run-in with a nail or sharp edge to do some serious damage to your sweater. Fortunately, many sweater snags can be repaired to keep your sweater looking new.
How to Store Sweaters
When it's finally time to put your sweaters away for the season, make sure they're clean—crumbs or stains might attract pests or become harder to remove after months in storage. Use lavender or cedar to naturally keep pests at bay, and store your items in an airtight bag or container in a dry, temperature controlled area of your house (skip hot attics or humid basements).