Silk is a very delicate fabric, and you may feel nervous about washing any silk clothing you own. Although you need to give your silk scarf, blouse, or dress tender loving care on laundry day, you can keep your items beautiful and soft even when you wash silk at home. We’ll take the anxiety out of washing silk and show you a few simple steps you can take to give this luxurious fabric the care it deserves.
- How to Wash Silk: The Basics
- How to Wash Silk in a Washing Machine
- How to Hand Wash Silk Clothes
- How to Remove Stains from Silk
- How to Care for Silk After Washing
How to Wash Silk: The Basics
When it comes to washing silk, there are a few rules you’ll need to bear in mind to protect the garment you’re washing. Whether you need to wash by hand or in a machine, it’s important you keep the following in mind.
- Check the instructions on the garment’s fabric care label. The fabric care label tells you how that specific item needs to be washed and cared for.
- Never wash with chlorine bleach. It can damage your clothing’s natural fibers.
- Do not dry in direct sunlight. Exposing your garment to long bursts of sunlight can cause the colors to fade or even damage your silk fabrics.
- Do not tumble dry. Silk is very delicate and the high temperatures of the tumble dryer can shrink or damage your silks.
- Use a detergent for delicates. Studio by Tide Delicates Liquid Laundry Detergent has been specifically designed to take care of silk.
- Check for colorfastness. Some silk garments may bleed in the wash, so test a damp area by dabbing with a wet, white cloth to see if any color leaks onto it.
Your fabric care label can tell you a lot about the garment. If the label says “Dry Clean,” this is usually just a recommendation to take the item to a dry cleaner, but it’s best to gently hand wash the garment if you chose to wash it at home. “Dry Clean Only” on the other hand means that the piece of clothing is very delicate, and it’s safer to take it to a professional.
How to Remove Stains from Silk
What can you do if you get stains on silk? You may think you need high washing temperatures and a lot of agitation to get rid of any stains from silk, but luckily you can use a few tricks to remove stains and keep the garment looking beautiful.
Tip: Spot treat any stains with cool water and a diluted solution of detergent. Test the solution on a part of the garment that’s hidden or concealed, and if there is no adverse reaction, blot the stain with the solution before soaking. Be gentle when spot treating silk, as rubbing one spot too much can lighten the fabric.
How to Care for Silk After Washing
Silk is a high maintenance fabric, but the steps you can take to keep it looking its best are simple and worth the effort. Apart from taking care of the garment when washing and drying, you can also do more to care for your silks, from handling wrinkles and creases to storing silk.
- Turn garment inside out and turn the iron to low heat or the silk setting.
- Only iron silk when dry.
- Put a cloth between the silk and the iron.
- Do not spray or wet silk when ironing.
- Hang silk garments in a cool, dry place.
- Store silk in a breathable plastic back if you’re planning to put it away for a long time.
- Keep silk out of the sun.
- Use moth repellant when storing silk.
Silk is a beautiful, luxurious fabric so it’s worth taking a few measures to care for it, however it’s not the only delicate fabric that needs a little looking after. If you have other delicates like lace, wool, or sheepskin, they will also need special care in the laundry room. Fortunately, when it comes to cleaning washing and caring for delicate clothing, Studio by Tide is here to help.