Scarves Cleaning and Caring for Hermès Scarves

marietouchet

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Thank you! Shame about modern washers!
I have been whining about modern washers and dishwashers for years, crying in my teacups …
ok, being green is good, BUT a modern washers use less water, lower water pressure, and soaps are less effective - chemicals are less harsh
I wind up washing the dishes before I put them in the dishwasher ….
And don’t get me started on how I hate my front loader washer , very finicky
 

Nomad

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I have been whining about modern washers and dishwashers for years, crying in my teacups …
ok, being green is good, BUT a modern washers use less water, lower water pressure, and soaps are less effective - chemicals are less harsh
I wind up washing the dishes before I put them in the dishwasher ….
And don’t get me started on how I hate my front loader washer , very finicky
Preach. Right there with you!! Not enough water at all in my washer. Even when I chose to do the “deep water” function it still is pathetic. And I also have to wash my dishes to wash my dishes :annoyed:
 

marietouchet

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Preach. Right there with you!! Not enough water at all in my washer. Even when I chose to do the “deep water” function it still is pathetic. And I also have to wash my dishes to wash my dishes :annoyed:
AND THE WORST .... modern washers have drains at the very bottom - you cant drain them unless the washer is on a $300 pedestal

My old washer seemed fine - it coped without being drained, and cleaned - with QTIPS- every week - I have a complete set of dentist tools - with fine needle tips - to clean my current washer - and gallons of bleach, vinegar to clean the front loader gasket that always has quite an odeur ...

I am all for green til you go after my washer LOL
 
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Anyone has tried hand washing 140 cashmere/silk scarf with Laundress detergent?
Yes do all mine with Laundress Signature Unscented Every Day Laundering. Used to use their cashmere soap but it got hard to find.

Now it’s one of several brands in rotation.

Haven’t had any problems so far.

Everything gets washed separately in body temp water then rinsed many times until the water runs absolutely clear. It’s a fair bit of work but my shawls, & probably more important my husband’s who is a bit of a klutz are just fine.

It’s a lot of work but the best way I know to be sure they will survive.

Good luck!
 

katsigner

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Yes do all mine with Laundress Signature Unscented Every Day Laundering. Used to use their cashmere soap but it got hard to find.

Now it’s one of several brands in rotation.

Haven’t had any problems so far.

Everything gets washed separately in body temp water then rinsed many times until the water runs absolutely clear. It’s a fair bit of work but my shawls, & probably more important my husband’s who is a bit of a klutz are just fine.

It’s a lot of work but the best way I know to be sure they will survive.

Good luck!

Great! I just bought their wool and cashmere shampoo, will try out and see how it goes. Thanks!

Can I ask how did you dry them? Did you wring the water out?

I made my first attempt to get 140 shawls online (I bought 2!) and it arrives with some kind of smell and very much want to wash them prior to wearing them. Hmm... wonder should I air it and wear a couple of times first before washing it. :angel:
 

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Great! I just bought their wool and cashmere shampoo, will try out and see how it goes. Thanks!

Can I ask how did you dry them? Did you wring the water out?

I made my first attempt to get 140 shawls online (I bought 2!) and it arrives with some kind of smell and very much want to wash them prior to wearing them. Hmm... wonder should I air it and wear a couple of times first before washing it. :angel:
Spread out on a clean big bath towel. Roll up together and wash by squeeze gently just like washing a droopy sweater.

Rinse well until the water runs clean.

Then unroll and dry flat.

I have mesh sweater driers & I group them together. Also the shawl gets moved around as it dries so the are no pressure points. You can keep measuring and teaseing into shape as necessary.
When it starts to get dryer you can hang it over a smooth & clean rail rail & keep moving around.

I’ve dried everything on dry clean grass and but you have to be extremely vigilant.

Also you want to twang the hems to carefully tease them back to original size. I’d measure the hems before washing so you can get it back into the same shape.

Really treat it like washing a precious sweater & you won’t go wrong.

Good luck & let us know how everything goes?

Sorry I’m doing this on my phone & it’s hard to edit.
Let me know if you need more details or corrections.
 

LailaT

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Each time I hand wash a scarf or shawl, I’m encanting thanks to the H manufacturers for the quality and durability of those costly squares of beauty. I found both the pure silk and the cashmere silks to be extremely resilient, and in the case of the pre-owned I occasionally add to my collection I’ve found they stand up to the aggressive techniques I apply to rid them of someone else’s … whatever it was that was on/in the fabric. Hot water reveals the smell-history of the scarf and is my step 1 to purging and re-homing to me! I use what’s handy - a bit of unscented washing machine liquid, followed by as many rinses as I have the patience for (and sometimes a second soaping). After wringing out the water I wave/snap in the air, holding just inside the top two hemmed corners, and then hang over a drying rack. I haven’t ironed because the shaking I did + hanging with care essentially blocked the square.
Really have never had a negative experience/outcome washing.
 
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Each time I hand wash a scarf or shawl, I’m encanting thanks to the H manufacturers for the quality and durability of those costly squares of beauty. I found both the pure silk and the cashmere silks to be extremely resilient, and in the case of the pre-owned I occasionally add to my collection I’ve found they stand up to the aggressive techniques I apply to rid them of someone else’s … whatever it was that was on/in the fabric. Hot water reveals the smell-history of the scarf and is my step 1 to purging and re-homing to me! I use what’s handy - a bit of unscented washing machine liquid, followed by as many rinses as I have the patience for (and sometimes a second soaping). After wringing out the water I wave/snap in the air, holding just inside the top two hemmed corners, and then hang over a drying rack. I haven’t ironed because the shaking I did + hanging with care essentially blocked the square.
Really have never had a negative experience/outcome washing.
Each time I hand wash a scarf or shawl, I’m encanting thanks to the H manufacturers for the quality and durability of those costly squares of beauty. I found both the pure silk and the cashmere silks to be extremely resilient, and in the case of the pre-owned I occasionally add to my collection I’ve found they stand up to the aggressive techniques I apply to rid them of someone else’s … whatever it was that was on/in the fabric. Hot water reveals the smell-history of the scarf and is my step 1 to purging and re-homing to me! I use what’s handy - a bit of unscented washing machine liquid, followed by as many rinses as I have the patience for (and sometimes a second soaping). After wringing out the water I wave/snap in the air, holding just inside the top two hemmed corners, and then hang over a drying rack. I haven’t ironed because the shaking I did + hanging with care essentially blocked the square.
Really have never had a negative experience/outcome washing.
Great approach LailaT!
You remind me that when the cocoons are unwound from the silkworms they are put into hot water to separate the strands. Silk is really really sturdy. Trying to find something about how sturdy silk was used in the war.




Really couldn’t resist putting this out there for PF silk fanatics. Mods if this link goes too far off topic please delete.

Really the only problem is if you have a problem. Once a cherished piece has damage it is unlightly yo return to its previous condition.

If I love something enough to adopt & care for it will try to make sure it remains in good condition.
 

Alienza

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Greetings H scarf lovers,
I am interested in getting the Acynonyx Jubatus 140 shawl (wash silk) from the pre loved market. Im generally very untidy when wearing silk scarf :doh:. My silk scarf will slip and slide all over the place haha. Thats why i only wear small size silks. Easier to manage and rerrange when messy. But I really like this cheetah design so I was hoping someone who has a wash silk shawl/scarf can help me...Is wash silk easier to wear than normal silk? I thought because its lighter, it will stay on better...or is it the other way around, will slip easier?
In H website, for normal shawl, it is advisable to not get it wet and to protect it from rain (I actually just found out about this). Is it the same with wash silk? I tend to wear my shawls (from other brands) in all weather including rainy days...What will happen to the shawl if it get rained on?
Thanks in advance for any help!
 

pinky7129

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Hi all!

Does anyone have any recommendations to where I can get an Hermes scarf steam pressed in the Rockland area?

we are framing a scarf so we need it pressed, but i don’t know the area so I’m hesitant about randomly taking it to a dry cleaner that if they damage it, won’t reimburse me and I’ll be out of a scarf.
Tia!
 

BVBookshop

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Spread out on a clean big bath towel. Roll up together and wash by squeeze gently just like washing a droopy sweater.

Rinse well until the water runs clean.

Then unroll and dry flat.

I have mesh sweater driers & I group them together. Also the shawl gets moved around as it dries so the are no pressure points. You can keep measuring and teaseing into shape as necessary.
When it starts to get dryer you can hang it over a smooth & clean rail rail & keep moving around.

I’ve dried everything on dry clean grass and but you have to be extremely vigilant.

Also you want to twang the hems to carefully tease them back to original size. I’d measure the hems before washing so you can get it back into the same shape.

Really treat it like washing a precious sweater & you won’t go wrong.

Good luck & let us know how everything goes?

Sorry I’m doing this on my phone & it’s hard to edit.
Let me know if you need more details or corrections.
I am searching this thread, trying to learn how to clean my CSGM. Your instructions are clear and reassuring. However, I am not clear on the bolded part: so we also wash the towel, with the shawl rolled inside or do I understand it wrong? Thanks for your reply!
 
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