How to care for your silk

Dry cleaning is always recommended, however if you are like us, and are a little too low maintenance for that, simply hand wash in cold water.   Using a clean bowl fill with cold water and add a gentle detergent such as a baby shampoo.  Here are three we like: The Laundress Delicate WashHonest Shampoo & Body Wash and Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Soap.  If you have hard water we recommend adding a pinch of borax as well.  This is the brand we use: Borax Pure Organic.  Once the water is ready add your silk garment giving it a gentle swirl before letting it sit for no more than 30 minutes.    Make sure to use the same temperature when rinsing because a drastic change in the water can damage the silk proteins.   Empty the bowl and rinse in cold water until you feel all the soap is gone.  Rinse again with ½ a cup of organic distilled white vinegar or The Laundress Scented Vinegar which will help neutralize any soap residue, prevent alkaline damage, and brighten your silk.  To dry simply lay out a clean towel place the garment flat on top of it and roll it up like a cinnamon bun.  Once most of the water has been absorbed by the towel lay flat to dry or place on a rust-free hanger. Never dry or store your silk in direct sunlight. 

 

To remove wrinkles, hang the silk up and overnight most wrinkles should naturally fall out.  We like to hang our pieces up in the bathroom when we shower so the humidity can help quicken the process.  If you are in a hurry or have a particularly tough wrinkle, steam or iron the garment inside out on the silk or cool setting.  Be very careful ironing and steaming because too much heat can damage silk. 

 

If you have a stain you are trying to remove yourself we recommend using The Laundress Stain Solution.  It is important to clean the entire garment and to not put too much cleaning agent on one particular place to avoid discoloration, watermarks or uneven tones.