Hand Wash Silk Clothes in Cold Water
Few fabrics feel as luxurious as silk. However, this delicate fiber needs to be treated with particular care for its proper maintenance.
Dry cleaning may not be your only option for washing them. Hand washing silk clothing is often an acceptable alternative.
You have to hand wash silk clothes rather than flinging them along with your other clothes in the washing machine. Also, colored silk needs to be hand washed separately from white silk. Hand washing silk allows you to wash it delicately, which a machine wash does not permit.
Do not put silk garments in the washing machine or dryer as this may damage the delicate silk fabric.
The rich colors of silk can often bleed, so don’t be surprised to see color bleeding in the water when you wash.
Fill a clean sink or small tub with cold water and a small amount of gentle liquid detergent, lightly agitate for three to five minutes and rinse well.
After rinsing, gently squeeze out excess water. Never twist or wring out silk garments, doing so can damage the fabric.
Never Spot-treat Silk
Rubbing one area of silk can cause lightening in just that spot. For moderate stain removal, especially ones in the middle of a pattern, wash the entire garment. Dark or unsightly stains should be taken to a dry cleaner.
Hanging your silk clothes directly under sunlight will make it appear dull and faded. As silk is extremely soft and delicate, after washing it should be dried in a place well-protected from direct heat. Hence, a cool, shady area is the ideal place to dry your silk. It will keep the material bright and shiny. Hang to dry on a padded hanger. Avoid the Dryer.
Use a Low Setting on Your Iron
Focus on Steam, Not Heat. To iron silk without damaging it, it’s crucial that you use the lowest heat setting on your iron. Many irons have an actual silk setting, in which case this is the best way to go. Simply lay the garment flat on the ironing board, place the press cloth on top, and then iron. You can also use a handkerchief, pillowcase, or hand towel instead of a press cloth. Silk is best ironed when slightly damp.
Lay a large clean white cotton sheet across your ironing board. Creating a white cotton barrier will prevent colors from other fabrics from leaching onto your silk.
Turn the silk inside out. You will always want to iron on the backside of the silk fabric.
Lay a natural white cotton press cloth on top of the area you are going to start ironing.
Press the iron plate to the surface of the cloth. Move the iron around the fabric. Never leave it in one place too long, or you risk burning the fabric.
Lift the press cloth up and replace it on the next section that needs to be iron. When you have completed ironing the whole surface, hang the silk on a hanger and allow it to dry for a few minutes before wearing it or storing it.
Garment Steamer is a Better Choice for Silk
Garment steamer, a simple, fast, and efficient way to keep your silk clothes wrinkle- and crease-free. Most wrinkles in silk can simply be steamed out.
A garment steamer uses a jet of steam to eliminate wrinkles and creases from your silk clothes. You do not have to apply scorching heat, which may damage your silk garments.
The steamer does not touch your garments. It is ideal for delicate silk fabrics.
You can use a steamer to remove wrinkles from clothes which are difficult to iron. You can easily smooth out pleats, sleeves, and ruffles.
Take Care of the Delicate Silk and Enjoy the Wonderful Silk
Correct care will insure that you silk products will last for years without losing their quality. A few important rules need to be observed as silk is a natural fiber and cannot be treated as synthetic fiber.
Please pay special attention to the following instructions:
- Never spray silk with perfume or deodorant
- Never bleach silk
- Never expose silk to direct sunlight for longer periods of time
- Don't spray silk with water while ironing
- Don't treat individual stains with water
- Always iron the backside only or use garment steamer.
- Never wring dry