Silk can be easy to care for when you know how!
Use a detergent which is specifically suitable for silk.
Detergents calling themselves 'Gentle or Sensitive' may be better for our skin, but that is not the same thing as being good for silk. Silk friendly detergents are widely available and the key thing is they do not contain bleaches or optical brighteners which will damage silk.
- Washing by hand will prolong the life of your silk pillowcases and silk hair scrunchies and is the gentlest way to clean your silk.
- Use non-bio liquid detergent suitable for silk.
- Pillowcases can be washed on a delicate cycle at 30 degrees in the machine or handwashed.
- Silk is best left to air-dry away from direct sunlight.
- Your pillowcases can be ironed on a low heat to bring back their smooth lustre. If you iron on the reverse whilst they are still a little damp you will get the best results.
- Silk should never be wrung or rubbed to remove excess water as the harsh friction can damage fibres.
- Don’t use whiteners, optical brighteners or bleach, as these all damage silk.
- Don’t tumble dry silk.
- Avoid exposing silk to high heat - whether by washing or ironing.
- Don't use fabric softener.
As with any protein fibres, Silk will occasionally benefit from a conditioning treatment. This will bring back its natural lustre and drape. Just add half a mug of distilled white vinegar to a bucket of clean water (use a capful for a sink of water) and leave the silk to soak for an hour or so. Then wash or rinse as usual.