To help ensure that you don’t have to deal with snags, stains, and fading on your precious silk items from using the wrong care techniques, here are some top laundry tips to help you preserve your precious silk items.
TLC for Your Silk Fabrics
Whether it’s a silk scarf, blouse, or any other type of garment, without the right techniques and tricks, caring for your silk fabrics can be tricky. But fortunately, if you follow these silk fabric care tips, you’ll be able to enjoy luxuriously soft and delightfully scented silk fabrics for years to come.
A Fabric Care Guide for Silk
When it comes to caring for silk fabrics, or any other type of fabric for that matter, a good rule of thumb to follow is to always read the fabric care label on your items before washing. The garment care label will help guide you on the best cleaning practices to preserve your items. If your silk item is labelled as ‘Dry Clean Only’, we recommend that you take the item to a professional for cleaning. If the care label indicates you can clean your silk fabric at home, here are some cleaning tips you can use:
Tips for Hand-Washing Silk Fabrics
Fill your sink with cold water and mix in a mild detergent according to the dosage instructions.
Leave your garment to soak for about three minutes and then use your hand to gently agitate the item in the water to remove any dirt.
Drain the water, refill the sink with cold water, and add ¼ cup of white vinegar to the rinse water. The vinegar will help to remove excess soap and preserve the silk garment.
Then add a caring fabric conditioner, like Comfort, to your final rinse water to leave your silk items beautifully scented and feeling luxuriously soft for longer.
Tips for Machine Washing Silk Fabrics
Only use this method if your garments care label doesn’t say to only hand wash or dry clean your items.
Place your silk item in a mesh laundry bag and then pop it into your washing machine.
Select a cool and gentle wash cycle.
Add a gentle detergent, following the detergent’s dosage instructions.
Choose the shortest spin cycle and then start the machine.
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Tips for Drying Silk Fabrics
When it comes to drying your silk fabrics, you still need to exercise care to avoid damaging your silk items.
Top Tip: To preserve your silk items, never tumble dry or wring your silk garments and never leave them to dry in direct sunlight.
To dry your silk items:
Hang your silk fabrics to dry on a clothesline or drying rack in a cool dry place.
Fabric Care Tips to Preserve Your Silk Fabrics
Follow these extra tips on how to take care of silk fabrics to keep your items luxuriously soft and ensure they never lose their lustrous sheen.
When ironing, turn your silk garment inside out and iron using the lowest heat setting.
When ironing ensure you place a cloth between the silk fabric and the iron to protect the silk.
When storing your silk garments for long periods of time, store the items in a breathable plastic bag and ensure you place moth-repellant around the bag.
With these care tips, preserving the quality of your gorgeous silk items is easy.
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