Cleaning and washing silk is surprisingly easy if certain precautions are observed.
Please use our guidelines to care for your silk:
Silk is a natural protein fiber. Do not use chlorine bleach to clean silk; chlorine will damage the silk fabric
Avoid drying silk in direct sunlight as sunlight for a prolonged period will damage the silk fabric
Substances containing alcohol will damage silk fabric. So let your perfume and hairspray dry before dressing
We recommend that our customers look into green dry cleaners or organic dry cleaning services that use safer and non-toxic methods such as liquid CO2 or silicone based solvents.
Silk can be hand washed, remember that because only natural dyes have been used it is not colorfast (some may prefer DRY CLEAN).
If you have hard water, you may wish to first add a spoonful of borax to the washing water.
Use lukewarm water and mild, non-alkaline soap (such as Ivory Liquid) or baby shampoo.
While rinsing, you can add a few tablespoonfuls of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water to neutralize alkali traces and to dissolve soap residue.
Or, add a few drops of hair conditioner to the final rinse water for extra silky feel.
Soaking silk for any more than a few minutes should be avoided.
Do not use harsh detergents that contain bleaches or brighteners.
Do not wring or twist; roll in towel to extract water.
Machine Washing Silk:
If, however, you do wish to machine wash silk, please use Delicate Cycle and mild detergent (such as Woolite®).
Do not use detergents that contain enzymes and brighteners.
Use the shortest spin cycle.
In a top-loading machine, we strongly recommend using a mesh bag for extra protection (this step would not be necessary in a front-loading machine).
Always separate your colors.
Hang silk garments to dry. The silk garment will hold its shape.
As with any fine fabric, never use direct sunlight to dry silk clothing. Doing so can damage the silk fiber and fade the color. Wet silk may yellow in direct sunlight or on a radiator.
Don’t use a wooden drying rack, as the dyes & finishes can leave stains.
We do not recommend drying silk in a clothes dryer since it can damage silk in two ways: (1) excessive temperature and heat dulls the silk fabric and may also shrink it (2) friction with the dryer drum might cause yarn breaks or white streaks.
If you do wish to use a dryer, use the heatless AIR FLUFF setting.
If necessary, press the silk garment inside out while damp using cool iron setting (“Silk” setting on the iron).
Do not wet locally as this may cause rings.
Too much heat can dull, pucker, or burn silk fabric.
Most wrinkles in silk can be removed by hanging the garment in the bathroom during a shower. Let humidity do the ironing for you!
Cleaning - Wrinkle Removal Tips:
Minor silk wrinkles should disappear if the garment is hung overnight
Stubborn wrinkles can be removed with a cool iron set on "silk"
Better yet, hang your silk garment in the bathroom during a shower. Humidity will remove the wrinkles for you.
Please consult with your dry cleaner, if you have any doubt.
As with all fine fabrics, NEVER use chlorine bleach on silk, as it will erode the fiber (not to mention the fabric discoloration).