Taking care of silk clothes, bedding and sleepwear is easier than you might think. Silk is one of the most comfortable and pleasant materials to wear and also one of the most durable fibers on the planet.
Many people think that maintaining silk is complicated, but bear in mind that silk was used for hundreds of years, long before the washing machines as we know them today were invented.
Silk can last much longer than cotton and synthetic items if you follow some easy-care tips.
Can I Machine Wash My Silk Sheets?
All silk items can be washed in a machine. Almost all modern models of washing machines have “Hand Wash” of “Delicate” program in the settings and that is perfect for silk sheets and other silk items.
Also, you should follow these simple rules.
Wash silk separately and do not overcrowd the machine. If you wash silk accessories or other small items, use a laundry bag. Keep the temperature cool (about 30 C is ideal) and use mild detergents especially made for delicate items. Turn all silk items inside out before washing. Do not use fabric softener and if you wash it by hand, do not wring it out.
Silk sheets and wardrobe items must be protected from direct sunlight. You can dry them when the weather is cloudy, or indoors to avoid color fading. You can also machine dry silk bed linen and wardrobe. Just select the lowest temperature and take them out of the machine before they are completely dry.
Can I Use the Iron?
Ironing silk sheets is usually not necessary. When you put the sheets back on the bed, very quickly all the wrinkles will disappear. You can also double them up and put a few towels over them to make wrinkles disappear.
If you prefer a perfect look without any wrinkles, use just the iron steam without placing the iron directly on the sheets. Or use the option “silk” in settings and iron on the dull side.
How Can I Take Care of Silk-Filled Duvet and Pillows?
It is important that duvets and pillows are always protected with a cover that can be washed regularly. It is recommended to air them out several times a year when it is a cloudy day, for an hour or two. It is not recommended to dry clean silk pillows and duvets because some of the natural properties of silk would be destroyed.
How to Remove Stains?
If you notice stains on your silk sheets or other silk items, remove them immediately using products especially formulated for silk. Very gently rub the stain with soft sponge and rinse with cold water. Repeat the process if necessary.
If you wash sheets at the washing machine, always pre-treat a stain before washing. Never use hot water or bleach to remove the stain. Remember that some detergents contain bleach, so pay close attention at the store. And the final rule that applies to all types of stains – react as soon as possible. Because the longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove it.
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