Whether heavy brocade, taffeta or regular day-wear silk clothes, you can wash them by your hand as long as you treat them very carefully. Before hand washing, you have to check the label on the silk garment. If your clothing is marked “dry cleaning only”, you have no choice but to send it to dry cleaning to maintain its form and color. Besides, before washing silk, you have to make a test on inconspicuous area.
Steps to Wash Silk Clothes
- Pour cool water into a sink or bathtub, and then add some mild laundry detergent. Next, soak your silk item in if for a few minutes. You should not rub or scrub it.
- Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 gallon of water and use this mixture to rinse silk to restore its shine.
- Rinse the silk with clean water to remove detergent until vinegar odor is gone.
- Place the silk item between two clean dry towels, and gently press it to remove excess water. Never twist it.
- Hang silk on the hanger to let it dry. You shouldn’t use a wooden frame for the wood paint may transfer to the wet wire.
- Store your silk in closet or drawer with cedar chips. Keep items that are not frequently used in clothing bags.
- Immediately remove stains. Apply some little mild detergent on the stains for a few minutes and then rinse it in cold water. You can place a piece of tape on the lipstick stains to gently rip it off.
- If your items must be dry cleaned, you have to use “green” dry cleaners.
- If you plan to wash silk underwear or other washable silk items by yourself, you have to place these silk items into a mesh bag. And, hang silk on the hanger to let it dry.
- For heavy brocade, taffeta, crepe and satin or some suits and formal dresses, you had better take them to dry cleaner for they will shrink after hand washing.
- For evening dresses or other items with heavy beading, you had better not wash and dry then. Here, if you read their directions, you will be asked to spot clean with warm water and a mild soap mixture.
- Do not hang any silk items in a place exposed to direct sunlight.
- Don’t use bleach on silk.
- Don’t dry the silk in the dryer.