Not sure how to go about removing stains from silk? You’re not alone. Sweat stains on silk items are particularly tricky (and a bit off-putting), but you don’t want to run to the dry cleaners for every little stain and spill – especially because they can set-in stains. You can also save a lot of money and keep your silk items looking their best by removing stains from silk at home.
Silk is a gorgeous indulgence. It also is one of the fabrics we get the most questions about at The Laundress, which is why we created an eco-friendly line of stain-fighting fabric care products like the Stain Solution and the Wash & Stain Bar. Together, these two powerful cleaning solutions can tackle sweat stains on silk and more, including wine, coffee, ink, dirt, makeup, oil and more.For more tips on removing stains from silk and home cleaning ideas, check out the Clean Talk Blog and keep reading for detailed silk washing, drying, and storing instructions.
While silk is washable, the dyes are often not stable to wash. If color-blocked or printed, test for color bleeding to ensure best results.
Silk can also have finishes that may be removed with washing; for example, a smooth hand may become pebbled. Perform a water test to ensure best results.
Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing silk.
Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of Delicate Wash to a washbasin or sink filled with cool water.
Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes.
Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy.
Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of the item.
Dry & Finish
Lay the item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or hang to dry. Do not put it in the dryer!
Most silk items will be wrinkled after laundering. We recommend steaming to remove wrinkles and rejuvenate the natural luster after washing.
If ironing, use the lowest temperature setting and iron on the wrong side of the fabric (with the garment inside out). A pressing cloth between the iron and item will be safest.
To freshen items between wearings, spritz with Delicate Spray.
A silk item such as a skirt or dress can be hung on a hanger; however, be mindful of clips because they can leave marks on the material.
Always store items clean.
We recommend storing in a breathable cotton Hanging Garment Bag to protect items from bugs.
Storing in plastic encourages yellowing and can trap mildew-causing moisture, a prime environment for bugs.
All techniques are based on textile science. Not all garments perform and react as science would predict.