Mulberry Park Silks pillowcases and bedding are machine washable. Closely following these care instructions will help keep your sheets and pillowcases beautiful and luxurious for years to come.
The first wash - Caring for your brand new silk pillowcases and silk sheets
When you first unbox your sheets, read and follow the care directions. You'll discover that silk is actually quite simple to care for, and requires only a bit of extra attention.
- You should wash your new sheets before using, preferably by hand in cold water; a machine wash on a cold delicate cycle is also acceptable.
- Silk should always be laundered separately in a SILK-ONLY LOAD. All silk items should be washed in mesh laundry bags using a gentle detergent (preferably one formulated for silk).
- You can line dry your sheets outside or hang indoors but in either case keep them OUT OF SUNLIGHT. We don’t recommend putting sheets in the dryer; if you must do so, use only the “air” setting. Silk dries quickly; check every few minutes and add only the time necessary to dry.
Continuing Care of Silk Sheets and Pillowcases
The basics: Wash silk in a separate, silk-only, load. Turn silk pillowcases inside out before laundering, and place all silk items in fine mesh laundry bags to help keep the silk from tearing. This is particularly important if your machine has an agitator mechanism. Silk is light and delicate; it can sometimes get caught under the agitator and tear and pull. The agitator and the inside of your machine can also have tiny nicks, burrs, and rough edges caused by other laundry items like zippers or buttons. A mesh wash bag will help protect your sheets from damage.
- Always launder silk separately in a ‘silk-only’ load
- Turn pillowcases inside out
- Use a mesh laundry bags when washing your silk bedding
Detergent: Use a pH-neutral detergent. Silk is a natural fiber. Washing it in detergents that are either too acidic or too alkaline will cause those fibers to harden. Look for a detergent clearly labeled as having a neutral pH, like those from Heritage Park Laundry Essentials. This will help maintain the integrity of your fabric with every wash.
- Use a pH-neutral detergent
Wash cycle: Wash silk in cold water. Temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius) can damage silk significantly. It is best to wash all silk products in cold water. Don’t use bleach, which will harm the fabric and cause it to yellow, or fabric softener which can leave residue on the fabric. The natural thread fibers of silk and our specialized charmeuse weaving technique create the softest silk available. Fabric softener is unnecessary and will leave an unpleasant residue on the fabric. While it won’t damage your sheets, dry cleaning is unnecessary; we recommend hand-washing with a small amount of detergent.
- Wash sheets and pillowcases in cold water
- No bleach or fabric softener
- Hand-wash preferable to dry-clean
Drying: Never wring out your silk items. Roll them in white towels to blot, or lay white towels out on the bed and blot sheets on top of them Line or hang dry your silk -- outdoors or inside -- to preserve the fabric. Use a clothesline, a non-slip hanger, or a drying rack out of direct sunlight. Never put silk in direct sunlight, outdoors or inside. Exposure to sunlight can damage the silk fibers, and may cause colors to fade, especially in darker colored silk.
Avoid wooden drying racks which can leech dyes or stains into silk. Your silk should dry in about 45 minutes depending on temperature and conditions. Don’t put silk items in the dryer. Heat can damage delicate silk fibers. If dryer is absolutely necessary use only ‘air’ setting for 15 minutes or less with NO fabric sheets or dryer balls. Remove sheets before completely dry.
- Don’t wring: blot with white towels
- Line or hang dry AWAY from sunlight
- Avoid sunlight -- indoors or out
- Don’t use dryer
Ironing: Ironing is not always necessary. All silk products wrinkle after washing, but the threads will start to relax and straighten after a few nights' uses. If you prefer to iron, we recommend ironing just your pillowcases (since they're all that show!) on the lowest setting available.
Always iron sparingly, only on the coolest setting with sheets and pillowcases inside out. A Light steam will enable the iron to glide smoothly over the fabric. You can also place a cloth between the iron and your silk item.
- Ironing not always necessary
- Consider just pillowcases
- Iron sparingly, coolest setting, inside out
Storing your Silk Bedding: Store silk carefully in breathable plastic bags, away from direct sunlight, with moth repellent lavender sachets or cedar balls.
- Breathable bag
- Away from sunlight
- Lavender sachets/cedar balls
We recommend these quality products
Fine Mesh Wash Bags: Investing in a laundry wash bag will certainly help to keep your silk pillowcases from tearing especially if you use a washing machine that has an agitator mechanism. The light fabric of silk can sometimes caught underneath the agitator causing it to tear and pull apart the pillowcase. Wash bags will help to keep your pillowcase from getting caught. For best results we recommend a fine mesh wash bag.Fine Fabric Wash: This is the ultimate washing detergent for all luxury textiles like silk and linen fabrics. It is gentle on fabric yet cleans effectively without causing any damage. This specialized formula contains powerful cleaning enzymes that will remove the toughest of stains on any fabric. It has a neutral PH that will help to maintain the integrity of all silk fabrics.