SILK CARE GUIDE
So, you’ve decided to indulge in a timeless silk piece and want to keep your investment relevant beyond seasons? Let’s talk about how you can care for the items that’ll always enhance your mood and your look.
Silk is delicate and can be a little scary to handle yourself, but if you remember these basics you might start going by the alias silk whisperer.
- First, check the care label on your product. It will tell you the best way to care for that specific item. Keep in mind that all silk items aren’t created equally and require different kinds of approach.
- Always test the colorfastness of your garment before washing. Wet an inconspicuous area of the item, like the inside hem, to check if the garment bleeds. If it does, it’s best to send your garment to the cleaners because they’ll most likely fade when treated at home compared to dry cleaning.
- Never use chlorine bleach because it will damage the fiber.
- Don’t hang your silk clothing in direct sunlight for too long. The colors will fade or change.
- Avoid exposing your silk items to alcohol-based products like perfumes and hairspray.
- Don’t tumble dry because the high temperature will shrink the fabric.
- Use mild detergent, preferably one that is specifically designed for silk.
- Hang your silk garments on hangers with padding so they don’t slide off.
- For long-term storage, remember to wash your clothes before putting them away. Keep them in breathable plastic bag and use a moth repellent.
HOW TO HAND-WASH SILK
Your silk garments require delicate and individual care. Just like hair, the fibers in your silk garment need gentle shampoos. Fill a basin or sink with cool/cold water and then add the detergent. The low temperature of the water will preserve the color of your garment. Place the garment in the water, stir and let it soak for 3 minutes. Plunge the garment up and down to remove dirt. Don’t rub your silk as it will agitate the fibers. Drain the basin/sink and rinse the garment under cool/cold water. Soak up excess water with a towel. Wash each silk item separately.
HOW TO WASH SILK IN A MACHINE
Before throwing your silk garment in the washer, check the label. If your garment can be washed in a machine, use the recommended program/temperature or choose a delicate program with the shortest spin cycle. The delicate program uses cool water and is usually used, as the name suggests, to wash delicate items.
HOW TO DRY SILK
Remove excess water by placing the garment on a towel. Fold the towel over and gently blot before you let your silk garment drip, drip, drip. Hang the garment over a tub using a padded hanger and let it drip dry. Never hang your silk in direct sunlight as it will fade the color of the garment.
HOW TO TREAT STAINS ON SILK
Skip spot treating a stain and wash the garment instead.
HOW TO GET RID OF WRINKLES
Steaming your silk can be a great way to get rid of wrinkles fast, but it can get a little tricky because some steamers drip and leave water stains. If that happens, wet the garment with cold water and let it dry. The stain should disappear. If you want to play it safe and iron your silk items, turn them inside out and use a low setting.
Follow these tips, and your silk garments will forever keep transforming you into a luxe version of yourself.