Silk is a versatile type of clothing; you can wear it with anything. It gives off a luxurious feel to the user with its sheen and luminous appearance, exuding a high-end fashion aura. But silk is also that kind of fabric that is delicate and needs to be handled properly, especially when it comes to washing.
Read on to find out more what are best ways there is in how to wash silk properly.
How Often Should You Wash Silk
Silk clothes need to be washed only after two to three uses. With silk pillowcases, these should be washed every seven to ten days. If you’re using silk pajamas without underwear, you must wash them after every use.
Although silk can be machine-washed, it isn’t highly recommended to do it often since silk doesn’t do well with the constant swirling of a washing machine.
How to Hand-Wash Silk
Silk requires some tender loving care, which makes hand-washing the best method for washing silk. To hand-wish silk, here’s what you’ll need:
- Cold water
- Laundry detergent
- Fill the basin with cold water to avoid any shrinkage and color bleeding.
- Mix in a few drops of gentle detergent.
- Leave the silk to soak for 3 minutes.
- Plunge the silk up and down in the water carefully to remove any dirt.
- Rinse the pillowcase thoroughly with cold water, removing all the soap.
- Using a clean towel, soak up the extra moisture from the silk.
- Place the silk on a hanger to dry, avoiding direct exposure to the sun.
How to Machine-Wash Silk
Don’t have the time to hand-wish your silkwear? Then pop them in the washer. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Mesh laundry bag
- Mild detergent
- Washing Machine
- Towel or Hanger
- Load the silk in the washing machine.
- Select a cool, delicate wash option at no higher than 30°C.
- Choose the shortest spin cycle.
- Add the appropriate dose of a mild detergent.
- Lay it on a towel or use a hanger and allow it to air dry.
How to Remove Stains from Silk
Stained silk? Don’t lose hope just yet. Treat it as soon as possible using vinegar and baking soda.
But before you use vinegar, test the silk to ensure it will keep its original color without fading or running. Here’s what you need to do:
- Take a dampened washcloth and blot it on the inside of the fabric.
- If the color does not come off, continue with this method and add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water.
- Dip a cloth in the solution and use it to dab (not rub) at the stain.
- Rinse under cool water to wash out the vinegar.
If the stain persists,
- Mix three parts baking soda to 1 part water.
- Spread the thick paste over the stain and wait 15-30 minutes.
- Remove the paste and rinse the silk using cold water.
How to Dry Silk
Whether through a hand-wash or machine-wash, it is best to air-dry silk. You can also place it on a towel, hanger, and drying rack.
Remember not to dry silk in the sunlight as it will accelerate fading, and not to tumble dry as high temperatures can shrink the silk.
How to Store Silk
Storing for silk is easy. Put it between layers of cotton fabric or cotton bags, or hang it in zippered bags to avoid getting wrinkles. Always store silk in a dry, dark place.
Before storing, check for stains and make sure the garment is clean. Leftover dirt or the natural oil our body produces can degrade the fabric over time.
If silk is not stored correctly, it may get irreparably damaged.
Silk is an expensive fabric that requires special care and protection. But don’t be intimidated—if you follow the steps above and learn how to wash silk properly, it will retain its beauty and luster that could last for years.