Silk, a delicate fabric, is made from natural fibers, which requires special care when cleaned.
Hand washing can damage some silk, but most vintage silk fabric can be washed safely without any damage.
Use Mild Detergent and Cool Water
- Mix very mild, organic detergent and cool water.
- Gently squeeze the scarf in the sudsy water.
- Soak the vintage silk in the sudsy water for several minutes.
- Rinse it in cool water to remove any soap residue.
Tip: Do not wash vintage silk with a washing machine for strong agitation can damage it.
Cleaning Silk with Water
Since dry-washing can damage silk fibers, you can wash your vintage silk items, such as antique rugs and tapestries with water.
Before washing silk, please use a cotton ball moistened with clean water to dab the silk fabric at a hidden point to see if the color comes off. If not, wash the silk.
Remove Stains from Vinegar Silk with White Vinegar
- Dilute a few teaspoons of vinegar in a cup of water.
- Submerge sponge into the mixture.
- Blot the stain.
- Fill a sink or bowl with warm water and a teaspoon of very mild detergent.
- Soak the silk in the mixture for several hours, occasionally swishing the silk fabric around in the water.
- Rinse it with cool water and a quarter cup of white vinegar.
- Soak it in the cool vinegar water for an hour.
- Soak it in fresh water to clear the vinegar.
Lemon Juice Lightens Stains in Vintage Silk
- Squeeze a half lemon.
- Add several teaspoons of cool water to the juice.
- Test the mixture on a hidden portion of the vintage silk to see whether it is effective.
- Dab the mixture on the stain with a cotton ball.
- Carefully rinse the silk in cool water.
Organic Whitening for White Silk Items
- Mix white vinegar, a mild detergent, and cool water.
- Soak the silk into the mixture for several hours.
- Rinse the silk several times with clean water.
- Press the silk with a clean towel to remove the extra water.
- Let it air dry, and keep it away from direct sunlight and heat.