How to Clean and Care for Silk Clothing

How to Clean and Care for Silk Clothing

Silk is one of the most luxurious fabrics available and creates the most stunning, flowy garments. Aside from its luxurious look and feel, silk has other benefits that make it a great choice for clothing. Here are just a few:

ivory silk fabric

  1. Durability: Silk is incredibly durable and can last for many years if properly cared for. It also has a high resistance to abrasion, meaning it can withstand regular wear and tear.
  2. Comfort: Silk is incredibly soft to the touch and lightweight, making it comfortable to wear. It is also breathable and absorbs moisture, making it perfect for hot weather.
  3. Hypoallergenic: Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. It also has natural antibacterial properties, which can help reduce the risk of skin irritation.

Silk is such a beautiful & luxurious fabric for clothing but you want to ensure you care for them properly.  Here are some tips: 

photo of hand washing silk and clothing in a washing machine

  1. Wash in cold water: Silk is delicate, so washing it in cold water is best. Use a gentle, mild detergent or a product specifically designed for silk. The classic option is Woolite Delicates but I've also used this one with natural lavender and this one.  They both smell divine!  Avoid using bleach, as it can damage silk's delicate fibers.
  2. Handwash or use a delicate cycle: If you don’t want to hand-wash your silk clothing, you can use a delicate cycle on your washing machine. Be sure to use a cool water setting.
  3. Air-dry: Silk should always be laid flat and air-dried. If you’re in a rush, you can use a delicate, no-heat cycle on your dryer. Don't forget to use dryer balls or a clean towel to help fluff the garment.
  4. Iron with low heat: Use the lowest heat setting on your iron and use a pressing cloth to help protect the fabric.  A clothing steamer is also a great choice and the method I prefer.
  5. Store properly: Hanging silk is the best way to prevent wrinkles.  These hangers are perfect as they have non-slip grips.  When storing silk for a season, hang them in a cotton garment bag or folded in a box and store them in a dry, dark area.  Avoid storing in plastic containers, as this can trap moisture and cause mildew. 

So don't shy away from silk!  You'll find this natural fiber fabric to be a great addition to your closet.  Be sure to check the silk items available at Poetry & Pearl.  I always keep my eye out for silk and silk blends when sourcing for preloved, secondhand pieces.  From camisoles and blouses to sweaters and cardigans, silk is fabulous!

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