How do you clean silk?


Quick Answer

Clean silk by handwashing the garment with cold water and a gentle detergent. Rinse the silk in cold water, roll it in a towel to remove excess water, and then hang the garment to dry. Don't dry clean silk unless the manufacturer approves it.

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  1. Wash in gentle detergent

    Fill a basin with cold water, and add a small amount of detergent. Choose detergent made specifically for fine washables, and wash the silk in the basin. To avoid shrinking the silk fibers, don't overly agitate the garment.

  2. Rinse in cold water

    Empty the basin, and fill it with cold tap water. Add a few drops of hair conditioner to the water, and then rinse the silk. Continue rinsing until you remove all suds from the detergent.

  3. Dry the garment

    Remove the garment from the basin, and lay it flat on a towel. Beginning at one edge of the towel, gently roll the garment into the towel to remove excess water. Do not wring or twist the garment. After rolling the garment, hang it to dry away from the sunlight. If you wish to iron the garment afterwards, switch the iron to a cool setting, and keep a pressing cloth between the iron and fabric.

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