Top Tips For Caring For Silk

Tuesday, 28 May 2019
If silk is one of your favourite materials, then you probably have many products made from it. We completely understand this, as silk has a number of benefits which makes it a beautiful fabric to make clothes and bedding out of. However, due to it being so fragile, it can be a challenge to care for without damaging it. Fortunately, we have created some top tips for caring for silk, so your favourite pyjamas or duvet can last for longer!

How To Wash Silk

Every item is different, which is why itís important that you read the instructions on the label of the product before washing the silk. Ensure that you never wash any silk product with chlorine bleach as it can damage the natural fibres of the clothing. Additionally, itís equally as important that you donít dry your garments in direct sunlight, as it can fade the colour and cause damage to the material. Itís also vital that you donít tumble dry silk as the material is incredibly delicate and the high temperatures can ruin the fabric and even shrink it! Although it takes a little bit longer, hand washing silk is a sensible option if you want to use your silk products for years to come. Firstly, fill a bowl full of lukewarm to cold water and put the product in. Add the appropriate amount of detergent in and hand stir. This should be followed by soaking the product for approximately three minutes. To remove any further dirt, submerge the silk deeper into the water. Take the silk out of the dirty water and rinse it under a cold tap until all the soap has washed away. Without rubbing the silk, absorb any excess water from it and finally hang it out to dry, avoiding direct sunlight.

How To Remove Stains

Due to the fragile nature of silk, removing stains isnít as straight forward as cleaning other fabrics. Firstly, identify the stain; bleachable, grease, enzymatic, body etc. For each stain you may need a slightly different cleaning procedure, however many stains follow the same steps. To remove the excess stain, use a paper towel or a brush to eradicate as much of the stain as you can, especially if the stain has already dried. Next, you need to pretreat the stain, and your method is determined by the type of stain on your product. Once you have pretreated the stain, you need to add detergent, followed by washing your product on a sensible temperature. Before drying, ensure that the stain has been completely removed, otherwise, the stain will set into the silk.

Caring For Silk After Washing

Despite silk requiring high maintenance, if you follow these tips, you can remove creases and store your silk in the best possible way.

- You Should Only Iron Silk When Itís Dry.

- Never Get Silk Wet Or Spray It When Ironing.

- When Storing Silk, Use Moth Repellent.

- If You Are Going To Store Your Silk For A Long Period Of Time, Try To Store It In A Breathable Plastic Back.

- Hang Your Silk Products In A Dry And Cool Place.

As you can see, caring for silk can be easy when you know how and isnít as time-consuming as you may have thought. If you would like more information about caring for silk, donít hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team, today.
Silks & Crystals Ltd
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