Silk

A soft, luxurious fabric made of protein fibers produced by silkworms. It has a natural sheen, good absorbency, drapes well, and is easily dyed. Degrades with heat and perspiration, and weakens when wet.

Test Item

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.

Pretreat

Treat stains with Stain Solution or the Wash & Stain Bar. Focus on susceptible areas such as underarms, necklines, and cuffs.

Stain Solution is ideal for protein and tannin stains, such as wine, coffee, ink, grass, urine, blood, and old, set-in stains such as pit stains.

The Wash & Stain Bar works the material to remove dirt, grease, oil, and makeup.

To remove odor, presoak the item for 30 minutes in cool to warm water mixed with ¼ cup of Scented Vinegar.

Handwash

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.

Machine Wash

Turn the item inside out, and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag.

Select the delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low.

Add the appropriate amount of Delicate Wash according to the machine and load size.

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.

Store

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.

Shop the Laundry List

Delicate Wash 16 fl oz
$19.00

Delicate Spray 4 fl oz
$10.00

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Stain Solution 16 fl oz
$18.00

Wash & Stain Bar
$6.00

Mesh Washing Bag Bundle
$14.00

Scented Vinegar 16 fl oz
$12.00

Hanging Garment Bag
$36.00