Despite its reputation as delicate fabric, silk has tenacity fibers hat can stand up to ironing, which means a big savings. You are able to directly use iron on silk fabric, while use a special steam setting on heavier silk fabrics. It is recommended to iron on a low heat setting, for the sheen that develops on silk fabric is a reaction between the silk fiber and heat from the iron.
Follow these steps when ironing silk sheets, blouse, scarf, shirt or tie
- Set the ironing board, then plug in the iron and select a low setting, like silk or rayon settings.
- If possible, turn the silk inside out, or place the silk fabric on the ironing board wrong side up.
- Check the iron to see whether it’s up to temperature or not, and then test iron the fabric in an inconspicuous spot. You should turn the iron down to a lower setting if the fabric becomes shiny or feels hot to the touch.
- Iron on the wrong side up of the fabric, or lightly press the silk using the iron through a press cloth placed over the right side of the fabric.
- Hang the clothes on the hanger to cool down before wearing or storing.
- Silk clothing such as neckties that cannot be turned inside out should be ironed using a pressure cloth to iron on the fabric surface.
- Before ironing the whole garment, you should always test iron silk in an inconspicuous spot.
- When ironing silk, it should be remembered that no water should touch the fabric.
- Do not iron silk on a high setting, thus can damage and weaken the fabric.
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