To clean silk scarves, hand washing the highly recommended. The best way to wash silk is to use cold water and natural soap such as baby soap.
- First, test a mild, non-alkaline liquid soap or baby shampoo on a small, inconspicuous section of the scarf to ensure that the substance won’t affect the scarf’s colors.
- If the soap passed the test, soak the scarf in lukewarm water mixed with a few drops of the soap for no longer than five to seven minutes. You can rub the scarf gently at this time.
- Rinse the scarf in cool, clean water.
- Next, add distilled white vinegar to the rinse water. This will neutralize alkali traces, dissolve soap residue and ultimately keep the silk shiny.
- Once the soap and vinegar is completely rinsed away, squeeze the fabric softly to remove excess water. Do not ring to the silk, as this can damage the fibers.
- Lay the scarf flat between two towels to dry.
- Iron the silk on a low setting while scarf is still slightly damp to smooth and add shine.