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Have you still been bothered by how to wash any silk at home?
Do you always tend to take the silk to a dry cleaner every time?
Have you been wondering, 'Can I wash silk in the washing machine'?
Yes, dry clean can prolong the lifespan of silk, but it can also be achieved if you follow the instructions for washing silk.
  • How To Hand Wash Silk?>>
  • How To Wash Silk In A Washing Machine?>>
  • How To Wash and Care Silk Comforters and Pillows? >>
  • FAQ >>
Some Precautions
No matter what kind of silk products, in order to maintain the luster and texture of silk,you need to pay attention to it when you care
DO
Check the fabric care label
<= lukewarm water (30°C/86°F)
Wash different colors separately.
Use neutral or special detergent
Cold Iron As Needed
DON'T
Do Not Use Bleaches
Avoid direct sunlight exposure
Do Not Tumble Dry
Keep out of touch of pets/sharp objects.
How To Hand Wash Silk At Home
Step-by-Step Instructions
Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing particularly delicate items like silk. (some may prefer DRY CLEAN).
1. Fill a basin with <= lukewarm water 30℃/86°F.
Fill a basin with <= lukewarm water 30℃/86°F is the ideal temperature for silk to be hand-washed.
2. Add a few drops of special detergent for the silk delicates.
We recommend TENESTAR as the brand of specialized silk cleaner agents for our products. Woolite and other mild detergents can also be used.
3. Let the garment soak for three minutes.
Soak the silk item and leave it to soak for three minutes.
4. Agitate the delicates around in the water.
Take the silk item and gently plunge it up and down in the water to move the water through the fabric and wash out any dirt or residue. This motion simulates the motion of a washing machine but is much more gentle.
5. Rinse the silk item <= lukewarm water (30℃/86°F).
Take the silk item out of the water and rinse the silk item under the clean water till it runs clear, and all the detergent soap suds have been washed out.
6. Use a towel to soak up water after the wash.
Use a clean white towel to soak up the moisture from your silk item, but don’t rub or wring the thing.
7. Hang the garment to dry.
Hang dry if possible; however, avoid direct sunlight exposure.
Note: For a knitted item or cashmere item, it should be laid flat to dry. A drying rack basket recommended.
You may also need:
  • Multi-use Hanging Laundry Drying Basket
    $18.00 $15.00
    $15.00
    $18.00 (Save $3.00)
How To Wash Silk In A Washing Machine
Step-by-Step Instructions
For those without the time, patience, or just physically unable to hand-wash silk, our products can withstand machine washing as well. Of course, there is more risk involved, and certain precautions must be taken to minimize them.
1. Check the fabric care label.
Before you throw in the wash, check the tag to see if it can be machine washed. Some silk items may lose color or get damaged if you use machine washing.
2. Sort the laundry.
Wash different colors and fabric separately.
3. Use a protective mesh bag.
Turn your silk item inside out and place it in a delicates mesh bag to avoid the shearing and tearing of silk fibers.
4. Add the proper amount of neutral or special detergent for silk to the machine.
TENESTAR recommended as it is detergent specifically designed to care for silk items. Please follow the instruction on the bottle.
5. Start a delicate cycle.
Machine wash cold on a gentle cycle. Most washing tools should have a "delicate" setting. Some machines even have a silk setting specifically for cleaning silk.washed out.
6. Minimize spin time.
Spinning can be very dangerous for silk fabric as the forces involved can shear weaker silk fibers.
7. Use a towel to soak up water after the wash.
Take the item out of the machine and use a clean white cloth to soak up excess moisture. Do Not Tumble Dry.
8. Hang item or lay flat to dry.
Hang dry if possible; however, avoid direct sunlight exposure. Note: For a knitted item or cashmere item, it should be laid flat to dry. A drying rack basket recommended.
You may also need:
  • Multi-use Hanging Laundry Drying Basket
    $18.00 $15.00
    $15.00
    $18.00 (Save $3.00)
How To Wash And Care Silk Comforters and Pillows?
1.For washable duvets or pillows, we recommend machine washing.
> And you can follow the rules above.
> To keep them warm, please don’t do the laundry too often. Just air in well-circulated areas 2~3 times every month (avoid direct sunlight exposure).
2. For those basics that couldn’t wash, always protect them with a removable and washable cover.
> You can also do spot-clean with <= lukewarm water 30℃/86°F and hang dry after spot-cleaned.
> If in need of thorough cleaning, please use professional dry clean only.
tips: For daily maintenance, you can turn your comforter over towards the end of the bed instead of after you get up and let the fresh air or the sunshine in (if your mattress is near a window) for 10-20 minutes. It helps freshen your comforter considerably.
You can view this video to learn about how to wash in machine
FAQ
1. How to Remove Stains From Silk Clothing?
01.Pretreat Stains With Delicate Detergent
Treat the stain as soon as possible – a dried stain will be much more difficult to remove.
If you see specific stain spots, apply just a little of neutral or special detergent for silk directly to the stain.
Work in the soap with your fingers and allow it to work for at least 15 minutes before you hand wash the entire silk garment.
02.Hand Wash In <= lukewarm water (30°C/86°F)
When you are ready to hand wash, use only <= lukewarm water (30℃/86°F) and make a gentle silk stain
remover out of a couple of tablespoons of either white vinegar or lemon juice, mixed with a couple of tablespoons of lukewarm water.
If you decide to machine wash, place the garment in a mesh lingerie bag and choose the delicate, cold-water cycle.
03.Use a Vinegar/Water Rinse
Add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water. It will help the garment keep (or regain) its luster.
2. How to Clean Yellowed Silk?
Silk fabric, made from natural, protein-based threads, can turn yellow for various reasons, such as exposure to sweat, improper cleaning methods, and extended storage time.
Almost most silk garments are labeled 'recommended dry clean,' but you can restore shine to silk at home as long as you take the following tips.
Things You May Need When Wash
→ Plain soap flakes.
Fill a laundry tub with warm water, add one tablespoon of plain soap sheet per gallon of water, and then dissolve the soap sheet by hand.
Soak the item in the soapy water and gently wipe it until the yellow areas begin to fade.
Rinse the item until all the soap removed.
→ White vinegar
Refill the tub with lukewarm water, and then add 1/4 cup of white vinegar.
Rinse the item in the vinegar water, and then rinse it with lukewarm water.
→Towel
Lay the garment between two thick towels and roll to squeeze out excess water.
→Iron
Use iron of medium temperature to iron silk items. Dampen the silk with a wet cloth before the silk begins to dry on its own before ironing. Do not let the silk to air-dry to prevent yellowing.
Tip
Test a hidden area for colorfastness before washing.
Warning
Do not use regular laundry detergent, enzyme-based cleaners, or chlorine bleach on silk.
Do not allow silk items to air-dry to prevent yellowing.
Do not spot-clean silk, as it can change the fabric's color and leave permanent marks.
3. How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk?
Silk is a delicate fabric that is used to make different types of clothing. The material is made up of fiber collected from the cocoons of larvae of silkworms. Thousands of fiber length is required to make the fabric. It is the reason why clothes made up of silk are expensive than the ones made of other materials like cotton, nylon, etc. Though the fabric is silky smooth, it also develops wrinkles when not stored properly. Getting them out can be quite challenging because of the delicate nature of the material. So, let's see how wrinkles in silk clothes can be smoothened easily without damaging the fabric.
Place your iron on the lowest heat, silk or rayon setting to prevent damaging the
delicate fabric. Wipe the ironing board to make sure it is clean.
Place any lightweight fabric on your ironing board and then put the dress over it.
The fabric will absorb the excess heat of the iron.
Test a small patch of your dress with your iron to make sure it does not stick or cause.
damage to the fabric and reduce setting even further if you notice any.
Begin ironing your dress, starting with the lower part first, and working your way up.
Allow the ironed part to hang down your board.
Brush any stubborn folds or wrinkles with your hand.
And iron over them in quick and controlled back and forth movements to remove them.
Avoid ironing your dress over parts that are not wrinkled.
Turn your dress over to its side to iron the back.
Place your iron dress on a clean hanger once you are done to let it cool.
4. Will Silk Shrink in Wash?
When rinsing and drying silk, never wring or twist the garment. It will cause the silk garment to lose its form.
Instead, roll the garment evenly in a clean towel.
Then, place the silk garment on a hanger to dry.
Avoid drying the silk fabrics in direct sunlight, as this can damage the fabric and fade the color, too!