Silk is an amazing, natural fabric which only seems delicate but rather quite strong and long-lasting. In order for the silk sheets and bedding to last, they must be washed and looked after with extreme care. It’s best washing silk with hand because machine treatment may damage the fabric seams. Here’s how to clean your bedding of silk and keep it maintained!
Critical steps to wash silk bedding
- Fill up your bathtub with either cold or lukewarm water because the fabric won’t do well in hot temperatures. Keep the water temperature at almost 30-degree Celsius or lower and wash it solo; means there shouldn’t be any other item in the bathtub be it towel or any other clothing whatsoever.
- If yours is hard water, throw a spoonful of borax prior to the wash treatment. Hand washing approach is the safest for best cleaning and preserving quality of the silk.
- It’s better to wash with mild detergent. Add approximately two teaspoons of liquid detergent to the water before dunking the silk sheets. Hard/harsh detergents can actually break silk fibres, eventually causing it to tear.
- In case you’re missing gentler detergents, wash with baby shampoo or even adults shampoo but without any strong chemicals. Special washing chemicals for silk bedding nowadays are easily available at supermarkets so you may look for the product as well.
- Carefully read the wash-care tag to determine where the bedding is being produced as well as suitable ways to keep it cleaned.
- Avoid using bleach or likewise products else they’ll turn even the finest silk to yellow.
- After taking all precautionary measures, it’s time putting the sheets in the bathtub and make sure they’re completely soaked.
- Gently swish the fabric thereby avoiding rigorous scrubbing and twisting else you’d damage the silk.
- Only keep these soaked for a few minutes and the silk bedding is likely to become softer after only few washes.
- Now, drain the tub and refill it with cold water. Soak the bedding once again to remove soap and make sure there’s none left after careful rinse.
- You can add a few drops of distilled white vinegar to the cold water which removes soap residue for good. All you need is a gentle rinse and experience fine, cleaned silk bedding.
- To keep the element of soft and smoothness on the silk, add a few drops of hair conditioner before taking the silk out from the bathtub.
- Dry by gently squeezing any excess water. Don’t twist or wring the sheet else it’ll weaken the fibres and compromise the smoothness.
- It’s best hanging the fabric on a clean wire; away from direct sunlight else the silk would be tarnished.
- Another way is rolling the silk sheets in a clean towel to remove excess water.
- If you’re unable drying the sheets by hanging, lay them flat on the bed or a clean towel.
- Avoid hanging the sheet on wooden racks as paint or dye from the wood can stain the cleaned silk.
The above steps outlines how to clean your bedding made of silk and keep it well-preserved.