It's a common misconception that silk is difficult to take care of. Silk is actually quite easy to care for and only requires an extra bit of attention. You want to make sure to wash silk in cold water, and this can be done by hand or in a washing machine on a delicate cycle. We highly recommend using a mesh laundry bag in the washing machine as there can be tiny pieces of plastic or material inside your machine that have gotten nicked by zippers and you may not even know it.
Use a delicate detergent that is not full of harsh chemicals (this can be said for any laundry). Something that is more natural based will extend the life of your silk products. You can hang your silk to dry; it doesn’t take too long at all since the fabric is quite lightweight. Or you can put it in a dryer on the lowest heat setting for a short period of time. Don’t keep it in for the full drying cycle, again, it dries very quickly and you don’t want to over expose it to unnecessary heat.
After washing, silk can lose a little of its original luster. This is normal. If it has lost All luster you possible used too much detergent and it left a coating, or check to make sure it’s not just inside out. If you want to restore the sheen, a cool-warm iron will bring it right back to life. Using a steam setting can help the iron to glide smoothly across the fabric. Spot treat stains carefully since some stain removal products can cause discoloration to the fabric.
Silk Care Basics:
Only Use a PH Neutral Detergent: Because silk is a natural fiber, washing silk fabrics in a detergent that is too acidic or that consists alkaline will cause the delicate fibers of silk to harden. Make sure your detergent clearly reads that it has a “Has a Neutral PH.” This will help maintain the integrity of the fabric with every wash.
Use a Fine Mesh Wash Bag: Investing in a laundry wash bag will certainly help to keep your silk items 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. These agitators can also have tiny cuts in the plastic caused by other laundry items such as zippers of buttons. Wash bags will help to keep your item from getting caught. For best results we recommend a fine mesh wash bag.
Do Not Wash In Hot Water: High temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius) can damage silk significantly. It is best to wash all silk products in cold water.
Do Not Use Bleach: Using bleach will harm the silk fabric and cause yellowing to occur.
Do Not Use Fabric Softener: The natural thread fibers of silk combined with the specialized charmeuse weaving technique creates the softest silk products available. There is no need to add fabric softener to the wash as this will only create a residue on the delicate fabric.
Do Not Dry Clean: While dry cleaning won’t damage the silk fabric in any way, there is no reason to incur the extra expense of having our silk items dry cleaned. If machine washing is not an option, then we recommend hand washing instead with a small amount of detergent.
Hang Drying: While our silk products are safe for use in the dryer with low heat, some dryers do not allow for a low tumble setting. To help preserve the integrity of the fabric, we recommend hang drying as an alternative. Place the item on a non-slip hanger and simply air dry. The drying time should only take about 45 minutes depending on the temperature condition of the area.
Tumble Machine Dry: If you prefer to machine dry, then tumble dry using a no-heat setting.
Do Not Use Dryer Sheets: We do not recommend using a dryer sheet. The dryer sheet will only add a wax coating to the fabric and will not help to prevent the fabric from being wrinkled.
Do Not Use Dryer Balls: Dryer balls are sets of balls, either wool or spiky plastic, used to help soften fabrics without chemicals in a tumble clothes dryer. The use of these balls can cause tearing of the delicate silk fabric.
Light Iron Only: All silk products wrinkle after washing however, after a few nights of using them, the silk threads will start to relax and straighten. If you prefer to iron your pillowcases, we recommend doing so only using the lowest setting available. A steam setting will help the iron to glide more smoothly over the fabric.
We Recommend This Laundry Wash From
Heritage Park 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.