A small guide on how to take care of your favorite silk pieces
So you just got yourself a new silk garment, but now you are unsure about how to care for it.
Should you hand wash it? dry clean it? attempt the washing machine option? Don't worry, we've got you.
Is the washing machine safe?
We have all been there, reading the care tag of a new garment, and being unsure about the best way to clean it. And there is nothing more disappointing than finding your beautiful shirt ruined after an inadequate machine wash.
These days, washing machines often have a programme for washing delicate articles at a temperature of 30° - 40°. Provided great care is taken, a gentle detergent is used and the garment is placed in a washing pouch, many silk articles can be successfully washed by machine. We would however recommend to play it safe and always hand wash or dry clean your silky items.
The hands-on approach
Normally silk is best washed by hand with a mild detergent in lukewarm water. Fill your basin with cool or cold water to help keep the color, then add a gentle detergent. Rinse well, squeeze out surplus moisture by rolling in a towel.
Never soak, boil, bleach or wring silk or leave it crumpled in a towel.
Did you know? Silk is a protein that's a lot like your hair. That is why using a mild detergent is important. Place the garment in the water, give it a stir, and let it sit for just a few minutes. Silk releases dirt quickly, so the process doesn't take long. Next, drain the soapy mix and rinse.
Oh no... I stained my blouse. What do I do now?
With silk, skip spot treating and instead wash the entire garment. Damp the fabric and use a sponge and a gentle detergent and gently rub the stained area. After treating the spot, follow the washing directions from above.
If the stain is too tough, it is probably better to bring it to your dry cleaner.
Time to dry!
No matter which washing technique you choose, do not ever - EVER - wring your silk items or place them in the dryer.
To remove excess water, place the wet garment on a white cotton towel. Fold the towel over and gently blot. Let the piece to dry flat - it should only take an hour or so - and don't hang it, as it might loosen the fibres and cause
Warning: Don't place items in the sun—this accelerates fading.
One last step before wearing your favorite silk piece : ironing.
It can be daunting to place a hot iron on such a delicate fabric but we have a few tips for you. First of all, the fabric should always be slightly damp when pressing it with an iron, so make sure to grab your item just before it is done drying. Use a low temperature/silk mode and don't press too hard in order not to damage the fabric. You can also place a thin cotton cloth between the piece and the iron, for maximum precaution.
If you own a steamer, it is possible to use it to loosen the wrinkles, but make sure the temperature isn't too high, as it might cause the fabric to loose some of its shine.