How to clean silk scarves? Everyone washes in different ways, but here I think hand washing is the best solution, for this method not only can save much money but also plumps up the hems – the entire fabric is renewed.
How to Spot-clean Silk Scarves
Since many vintage scarves have unstable dyes, you had better do a spot before using any stain remover.
- Gently wipe a small amount of stain remover with a cotton swab, and check the swab for color transfer. If there is color transfer, stop and try a milder product.
- Fully open the scarf.
- Apply a large amount of stain remover to the front and back of the stained area.
- Use a soft facial brush to gently treat the treatment into the silk and keep it for three to five minutes.
- Check the front and back stains of your silk in the sun.
- Test various spot cleaners.
- For oil based stain, rub a paste of sugar and water into the stain for a minute or two, and then rinse it.
- Hems often pick up soil and grime, so please brush a little spot cleaner diluted with water onto it.
How to Hand Wash Silk Scarves
- Apply a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent into a sink with tepid water.
- Place the scarf in the sink.
- Roll, swish and move it about for a full five minutes. (Don’t let the scarf stand in the water, for the color may be transferred.)
- Gently squeeze excess water.
- Rinse it with warm water to move all soap residues.
- Place it on a towel.
- Roll the scarf up inside the towel and squeeze it to remove more water.
- Let the scarf air dry.
- Iron backside of the scarf when it is approximately 50% dry.
- Fold it, and keep if away from moisture and sunshine.
- Use a little spray starch, if you like crisp silk.
- When traveling, you can try shampoo to wash your scarf.
- Place a dash of table salt in the water to prevent colors from running.
- Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water and use the mixture to rinse scarf to take out smells, brighten whites, remove yellowing and reduce soap residue.
How to Wash Silk Scarf with Machine
- Set the washer to delicate with an extra rinse cycle.
- Use tepid water to fill the washer by 1/3 to 1/2.
- Apply a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent (or ordinary washing powder) into the washer.
- Close the lid and let the soap mix with water for one minute.
- Place scarf into the lingerie bag, and place it into the water.
- If there is no additional cleaning cycle, run the scarf through another cleaning cycle without detergent after the first cycle is completed to remove soap residue.
- Let the scarf air dry.
- Iron it.
- Do not wash more than one scarf at a time.
- After rinsing, immediately remove the scarf.