Caring for Silk
It is easy to care for our Silk when you know how.
Cast aside your fears about silk. It is the finest fabric known to womankind and so good for our skin and hair that we should not hesitate to use it every day.
Once you know what you can and cannot do it is easy to incorporate silk into your daily life and wardrobe.
More detail is provided below but the basics are:
1. It is *always* better to wash Silk by hand, rather than in the machine.
2. Use a Detergent suitable for Silk
3. Use a laundry mesh bag to stop damage by friction
4. Dry Silk flat away from direct sunlight.
A Note on Detergents
Whilst Silk is easy to care for, the correct detergent must be used. Use a detergent which is specifically suitable for Silk.
Please be aware that detergents calling themselves 'Gentle, Sensitive' may be better for our skin, but that is not the same thing as being good for Silk.
Detergents specially formulated for Silk do not have bleaches or optical brighteners which will damage the Silk.
Recently we have had a small number of customers who have experienced changes in the feel of the Silk after washing with Ecover washing detergent. We cannot be sure that this is what has caused these issues however the only one we would recommend is Tenestar Silk detergent.
Washing by hand will prolong the life of your silk pillowcases and silk hair wraps and is the gentlest way to clean your silk.
Use a clean bowl, the kitchen sink or the bathtub and fill it with water that is cool or lukewarm to the touch.
Take a capful of non-bio liquid detergent suitable for silk and swirl in the water.
Submerge the silk pillowcase or hair wrap and ensure that it isn’t left to soak for more than 30 minutes. Stirring the silk around gently will help the soap clean thoroughly.
Rinse to remove the soap and squeeze the excess water out.
Silk dries quickly and 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.
Washing Silk in the Washing Machine
Washing your silk in the washing machine according to the following instructions will help keep it looking desirable for years.
Use a mesh laundry bag for the silk to go in as this stops friction and silk snagging or catching on anything in the machine. (Friction will lead to piling of the silk.)
Do ensure that you wash similar colours together, and always wash whites separately to other colours.
If you don’t have a specific cycle for delicates, use a low temperature (max 30 degrees) on a gentle cycle.
Silk dries quickly so air-dry your silk pillowcases, keeping them out of direct sunlight.
They can be ironed on the cool setting whilst still a little damp on the reverse to restore them to their gleaming glory.
Washing Machine Silk Don’ts
Don’t use any brighteners, whiteners or bleach as these destroy silk.
Don’t use fabric conditioners as they leave a thin coating on the silk
Don’t use washing powder as the powder creates friction and can damage the fibres and remove colour.
Don’t use stain removers as they can remove colour.
Don’t tumble dry - it’s not necessary (silk dries quickly) and creates friction, damaging the silk.
Silk is an extraordinarily beautiful fabric but the reason we sell it is because it is incredibly beneficial for skin and hair.
So don’t be nervous - get used to looking after your silk so you can enjoy and use it everyday!
As with any protein fibres, (wool, cashmere, our hair..) Silk will occasionally benefit from conditioning. This will bring back its natural lustre and drape.
The way to do this is with Distilled White Vinegar.
Add half a mug of distilled white vinegar to a bucket of 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.