- How to wash silk fabrics
How to wash silk fabrics
Hand washing is the best way to wash most silk garments that are simply constructed. Silks should be hand washed in lukewarm water. We recommend that you use a large, clean container, such as a small water basin, a little pail, a large bowl, or a clean sink. Always use a mild, soapy detergent meant for fine washables, such as silk and wool, that does not contain bleach.
For added protection against color loss, add up to three tablespoons of white vinegar for every two quarts of water. This vinegar and water blend will often rejuvenate colors that have paved or yellowed, as well as add luster and softness back to the silk. In any case, do not use or add any type of bleach. Wash and rub your silk garment gently in the soapy mix for 2-3 minutes; then let the garment soak for 3-5 minutes.
Do not wring or twist your silk garment while it is in the water, as silk gets weaker when wet, and the garment may lose shape. And do not soak silk in water for long periods of time, since this may cause eventual fading of the color.
Once the soaking is completed, you are ready to rinse the garment. Rinse and squeeze your silk garment gently but thoroughly in fresh, running cold or cool water.
Remember not to wring or twist the garment harshly. Rinse thoroughly till all the soap and soapiness is gone. This should take 2 to 4 minutes.
Silk dries very quickly. So after you have finished rinsing, wrap the length of your silk garment in a large thick towel to and squeeze the towel gently to remove any excess water from the garment.
At this point, the garment is ready to be ironed while it is still damp or slightly wet. Never let the silk garment dry completely. If the garment is dry or has dried, it is best to use a water spritzer or mister to dampen or lightly wet the silk before ironing.
Be sure not to use the hot steam from the steam iron to dampen the silk. The steam from the hot iron can create marks and other problems. Also never use a machine dryer or drying machine to dry any silk since the excess heat this can ruin your garment.
This is also the best way to remove wrinkles. You will need a good quality hand iron. A silk garment is ready for ironing soon after it is washed while it is still slightly moist. It is best to iron silk while it is damp and on the reverse side.
If the silk is dry, use a water mister or spritzer to moisten your silk garment. Set the iron to just below the hottest level. Before ironing the garment, place a thin cloth, like a cotton handkerchief, on top of the area that you are ironing, as a buffer, so as to prevent the hot iron from soiling or spotting your silk garment.
CAUTION: Do not use a machine dryer or a drying machine to dry your silks. The dry, intense heat can be harmful to your silk garments.