If the method of washing silk is not correct, it will damage the silk. In general, hand washing is a good choice for silk nightwear. However, if there are a lot of silk such as silk sheets, hand washing is a time-consuming process. In this situation, you can try washing them in a machine. When machine washing silk, you have to follow the label instructions for the garment.
Steps for Machine Washing Silk
- Sort silks according to their colors. Put the color close together. Separate silk from other laundry.
- If you have a top-loading washing machine, you can place the fabric in an exquisite/underwear pocket to protect the delicate fabric. The bag is not required but can still be used if you have a front-loading machine.
- Set the machine to a fine cycle and a minimum rotation period to prevent your silk from being ripped apart. Use the cool water setting.
- Use a mild cleanser to prevent fabric fall. Any too strong soap may damage silk.
- Dry silk. Avoid sunlight or heat. You can also try drying it in the dryer with on air fluff setting or a no-heat setting. Any additional heat may shrink or break silk.
Do not use bleach on silk.