The last thing you want to do after spending a few hundred dollars on high-quality silk sheets is that how to care them.
In addition to high cost, the difficulty to care for silk is another big barrier for users who don’t want to buy it. However, in general, caring for them shouldn’t stop you purchasing it.
Now, some useful tips are shown below to help you know how to care for silk sheets.
As we know, silk is a very strong natural fiber. You should not place it in harsh detergents and soaps for these can destroy fibers and peel their natural properties. Here, you can try using some mild detergent like Woolite or Charlie’s liquid laundry soap to clean your silk sheets.
For silk sheets, you should wash them by hand for the first few times to keep silk luster and soften the silk fibers. After that, you can wash them with machine washing with delicate cycle. Never use hot water to wash it. Experts recommend cleaning the silk at 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
If your machine has an option that allows an extra spin cycle, you can use it to remove water from your fabric as much as possible, resist the urge to use it.
- Never use bleach.
- Do not vigorously scrub the fabric to remove stains.
- Wash silk sheets separately from other clothes.
Let sheet hand dry, avoid sun direct. Keep it away from the heating vents. More importantly, keep dark silk from the sun. Otherwise, it will noticeably fade in a short time. However, it is difficult to find a suitable place to air dry king size sheets or other large silk sheets. Therefore, some people choose to dry them on their dryer with the lowest temperature setting.
If you want to iron sheets, you should use a cool iron to iron the reverse side of silk while they are still slightly damp. In general, if you gently wash and dry it, you may don’t need to iron it.
Take Care of Yourself to Help Extend the Life of Your Silk Sheets
Although the silk is durable, you may unknowingly damage it. For instance, your fingernails or toenails may pull the threads in your sheet to break them.
Some Shrinking of Silk Fabric is Normal
After washing your silk, you may find your silk has shrunk. It is a normal phenomenon. When making sheets, manufacturers take into account the contraction. Therefore, after the first few washing, sheets still fit your bed.