Wondering how to wash your silk clothing safely at home? When it comes to delicate fabrics, extra care should be given to extend the life of your clothes.While professional cleaning services are highly recommended, you should also feel confident washing and caring for your silks at home.
How to Care for Silk
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Silk is an investment. You have to plan
to buy this fabric for long-term use.
Picking timeless designs and avoiding
quick trends can help keep your
investment pieces relevant beyond
seasons, but how do you wash silk
clothing? How do you care for them to
ensure longevity? Let’s talk about
washing tips and other silk care
The Basics of Washing Silk Fabrics
Silk is a delicate material, and you may
feel nervous about washing silk clothing
on your own. Bear these basic reminders
in mind so you can give your luxury
items the care they deserve.
Never use chlorine bleach on silk
It will damage your
clothes’ natural fibers.
Do not expose silk to direct
sunlight. Long bursts of sun rays
can cause discoloration or even
damage the fabric.
Always check the silk care instructions
on the label. It will tell you how a
particular garment must be cleaned
and cared for.
Never tumble dry. The high
temperature of the dryer will
shrink or damage your fabric.
Use a mild detergent. Some
brands are specifically designed
Check for colorfastness. Some
garments may bleed during
washing. Test a small area by
dabbing with a wet, white cloth.
Check for any color leak.
Submerge your silk in a basin filled
with cool water.
Add a few drops of mild detergent
and use your hand to mix it into the
solution. Let the item soak for at
least 3 minutes.
How Do You Hand-Wash Silk
This is probably the safest way to wash
silk garments, and the steps are easy to
3. Using your hands, plunge the
garment up and down to remove dirt.
4. Rinse the silk under cold water
until all the soap has been washed out.
5. Soak up the moisture using a towel.
Never rub or agitate your silk.
6. Hang it on a drying rack and keep it
away from direct sunlight.
Always check the label. Some items
suffer damage or color loss in the
Sort your laundry. Never wash silk
with heavy pieces of clothing lik