Sleeping in mulberry silk sheets is like sleeping on cloud. However, how to clean these wonderful, luxurious silk sheets at home? Never put your silk sheets in the dryer. Always check the tags on the sheets.
- It is recommended to send your silk sheets to the professional dry cleaning. However, if you want to wash it at home, you have to use mild a detergent. Never use bleach and clorox.
- Mild detergent (such as hand washing soap or dish liquid) is very close to water since it has a base rating on the pH scale. You can find some good silk-specific detergents on the market.
- Do not wash silk sheets with hot water. High heat will cause silk to break down and separate because silk is a natural protein fiber.
- Never put your silk in the dryer!
1. Hand Washing
- Hand washing is the best way to clean silk bed sheets and silk clothing.
- Fill your bathtub with lukewarm or cold water.
- Soak sheets in the water, and mesh it together with your fingers.
- Squeeze the liquid through the silk to gently move it about and clean it through.
- Rinse the silk with clean water to remove out all the soap.
- Add a tiny bit of hair conditioner or baby shampoo to soften your silk sheets.
- Hang sheets to dry and keep the sheets out of direct sunlight.
2. Machine Washing
- Separate the silk sheets from other items.
- Put silk sheets in a washing bag, and then put them in the washing machine.
- Use half of the regular amount of mild detergent to wash your sheets.
- Select the “delicate” or “hand wash” cycle on your washing machine.
- Dry your sheets without heat.
- Put about half a cup to a cup of white vinegar into the rinse cycle of your silk washing, preventing silk from yellowing when drying.
- Do not wring out the silk. After washing, put silk sheets in a large, dry towel, roll the silk bed sheets, gently pressing the silk into the towel.
- Dry cleaning is the best way for people who are unsure about washing silk sheets.
- Wash silk sheets in regular hand wash or machine wash on delicate.
- Never use bleach or Clorox on your silk.
- Never put silk sheets in the dryer, even on tumble or no-heat.
- Take your sheets to a dry cleaner or professional cleaner if you don’t know how to wash it.