Due to the sensitive natural materials used to make a shawl, a few simple measures after each wear will ensure that it remains in great condition and continues to drape and feel as good as it did when you purchased it.
At Kashmir Shawl Atelier, we always recommend our customers to get your shawls dry cleaned, but if you decide to treat everyday stains yourself, here are some tips to remove the most common stains.
Alcoholic drink stains
Dab gently with an absorbent, lint free cloth to remove as much excess liquid as possible. Sponge the area with a mixture of warm water and surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol in equal parts.
Mix alcohol and white vinegar in equal parts, soak a lint free cloth in the solution and lightly dab the stained area before pressing gently with an absorbent cloth.
Remove excess blood immediately with a damp sponge, then gently dab the area using undiluted white vinegar followed by cold water.
Stains from Sauces or Butter
If a greasy mark forms, firstly scrape the surface of the stain with a spoon or knife to remove any excess oil. Then soak a lint free cloth in proprietary grease remover or white spirit and gently dab the area.
Chocolate or tea stains
Dab gently around the edge of the stain with a cloth soaked in white spirit before following instructions for black coffee.
Egg or Milk stains
Dab gently with a lint free cloth soaked in white spirit. Repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar.
Fruit, Juice or Red wine stains
Immediately dab the stain with a mixture of surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol and water (3:1 ratio).
Apply soap very carefully (using a mild tablet soap or powder) or dab gently with a lint free cloth soaked in surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol.
Pen Ink stains
Dab gently with a lint free cloth soaked in white spirit. Repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar or surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol.
Lipstick, Makeup or shoe polish stains
Rub gently with a lint free cloth soaked in diluted turpentine or spot cleaning spray or fluid. Rinse with mild soapy water. Be careful not to over rub the material.