Mildew, a mold, grows in a moist, warm place, where there is little or no airflow or sunshine, discoloring silk. If there is mildew on silk garments, you will feel dismay, and you could smell it before you see. Fortunately, you can remove them with hydrogen peroxide.
- In the outdoors, wear a pair of protective gloves, and then use a soft brush to remove as much of the mildew as you can. Next, use a paper to wrap the mildew then place it in a plastic bag, and finally throw away it.
- Spread out in the sunny location indoor and wait until it’s warm to the touch to dry it.
- Test the color fastness of silk clothing, and then use full hydrogen peroxide to deal with it. Cut a hidden fabric, soak it in the full strength hydrogen peroxide (meaning anhydrous) for 1 hour. Then, rinse the swatch, dry it. After that, compare its color with the original color of the clothes, and then decide whether to proceed.
- Add about 10 ounces of hydrogen peroxide per gallon of warm water to your washing machine. Water should not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you run full load, add 64 ounces of hydrogen peroxide – this is the four most common sizes of the 16 ounce bottles in the store. Let the machine stir water and hydrogen peroxide, and then turn off. Soak the item in washing machine for 3 hours.
- Select the most gentle agitation cycle to complete the washing cycle. Finally, let the clothes dry in a warm place on the hanger.
It is recommended to clean silk items before storing them.