Silk products are very delicate and require some special care to maintain their lustre and performance over time. If you want your silk clothing, bedding, or accessories to look fantastic and last longer, here are some tips on how to care for silk products.
1) Wash it gently
Silk is a natural fibre, and you need to be careful while washing it. Use cold water and detergent, and always air dry it after hand-washing. Avoid using hot water as it shrinks and weakens silk fibres. Never use any bleach or whitening agents as they cause yellowing, rough texture and dullness. As a general rule, avoid hand-washing silk pieces in bright colours – opt for darker hues instead, so they don’t bleed onto each other.
2) Spot clean
As soon as you notice a stain, blot it with water using a clean cloth. If you don’t have time to wash it right away, spot cleaning will keep at least some of the stain from setting in. However, if you know, you won’t be able to get back to it right away, put a few drops of mild detergent on the stain and let it soak for an hour or so before washing. This will help prevent any pre-stain damage that can occur while waiting to get your garment cleaned.
3. Hang dry
To dry-clean silks, gently roll them in clean, white paper towels until they are almost dry; then place them between sheets of clean, white blotting paper overnight to finish drying. Make sure any cleaning company you use knows how to properly clean fine fabrics so that none of your silk is over-processed.
4) Iron on low heat
Always iron your silk with low heat. The higher you crank up your iron, the more damage it will cause. Silk cannot withstand high temperatures, so adjust accordingly. Next, be careful not to crease your silk fabric. There are two ways to avoid creasing: Pressing one side at a time or turning it inside out before you press it. If possible, hang your dress over something that won’t snag on it, like hangers with plastic sleeves or pants hangers. If hanging doesn’t work for you, layout your dress on top of something soft like flannel sheets or an old towel and leave it for several hours before wearing it.
5. Avoid using chemical cleaners
Many liquid detergents contain optical brighteners, which can damage the silk. Detergents that are highly alkaline or that contain fragrance oils may also cause damage. One way to avoid these problems is by using liquid hand dishwashing detergent in place of liquid dish soap since dish soaps do not always clean well in hard water conditions.
6. Wash only when needed
Silk lasts longer when washed infrequently because natural oils in silk fabrics protect it from dust and dirt buildup. Therefore, silk clothing will last a long time if you wash it correctly.
7. Hang dry without direct sunlight
Silk cannot be tumble dried; it must be hung up in a dry, well-ventilated room. If you don’t have space in your closet for clotheslines, opt for large indoor drying racks—they’re inexpensive and convenient. In addition, hanging your items out to dry will help prevent shrinkage or yellowing caused by heat exposure.
There are many ways you can take care of your silk products, and by implementing just a few tips into your routine, you can keep them looking new for longer. Your silk scarves, shawls and other accessories will serve you well for many years if you treat them right. They’ll retain their beautiful colours and designs much longer than other fabrics by properly caring for them.