Silk is a natural protein fibre and with the right care will be a wardrobe staple for years. The two best ways to clean your silk is either dry cleaning or hand washing with cold water.
Hand Washing Silk
- Pre-treat any stains before washing with cold water and an oil-free hand or body soap.
- Soak for up to 15 minutes in cold water with a gentle soap or use a washing liquid or powder which specifies it can be used for delicate fabrics.
- Rinse until the water runs clean, don’t wring dry – this can change the shape of the garment.
- Lay the silk flat on top of a towel and in its original shape; use another towel to soak up excess moisture and roll up using a light pressing motion.
- Leave indoors until completely dry (avoiding natural sunlight as this can discolour silk).
- If you do need to iron, turn your silk garment inside out and when it is 80% dry iron gently using the ‘cool’ setting. Alternatively, silk can be steamed when dry to flatten out small wrinkles.
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Tips & Tricks
The delicate nature of Silk means that it can be prone to stains; waiting until your perfume or hairspray is dry will help you avoid any possible staining. If you do need to spot clean, following the pre-treatment instructions in the above can maintain your shirt for longer periods between cleaning. Bleaching, heavy mechanical pressure and direct sunlight will deteriorate natural materials.
Removing stains on the garment before packing it away will keep your silk in pristine condition for when you’re ready to wear it again.
Storage & Travel
Hanging storage is ideal if you’re luck enough to have the space, preferably on a smoother wooden hanger, but storing folded in a cool, dry place works just as well. Garment bags or boxes made of natural fibre are best.
Pack your garment with care, fold neatly or hang inside a suitcase and unpack as soon as you arrive. You can also wrap the silk around bulkier items such as sweaters, which will help to reduce the risk of wrinkling during transit.
Hang your silk in the bathroom, the humidity in the air will help flatten out any creases quickly and easily.