Sleek Says

1. Hand Washing

  • Use Cold Water: Always wash silk items in cold water to prevent color fading and fiber damage.
  • Mild Detergent: Use a gentle, pH-neutral, or silk-specific detergent to avoid damaging the delicate silk fibers.
  • Gentle Agitation: Gently agitate the water by swirling it to clean the silk. Avoid wringing or rubbing, as this can cause damage.
  • Quick Wash: Wash silk items quickly to minimize exposure to water.
  • Rinse Thoroughly: Ensure that all detergent is thoroughly rinsed out of the silk.

2. Machine Washing

  • Use Delicate Cycle: Use a gentle or delicate cycle with cold water.
  • Place in a Mesh Bag: Put silk items in a mesh laundry bag to prevent them from getting tangled or damaged by other items in the load.
  • Mild Detergent: Use a gentle detergent specifically designed for delicate fabrics.

3. Drying

  • Air Dry: The best way to dry silk is to air dry it. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause fading.
  • Avoid Hanging: Don't hang silk items by the shoulders, as this can stretch the fabric. Instead, lay them flat on a clean, dry towel.

4. Ironing

  • Low Heat: If ironing is necessary, use a low heat setting or the silk setting on your iron. Always iron on the reverse side or place a cloth between the iron and the silk.
  • Steam: Using a steamer is a gentler option to remove wrinkles from silk.

5. Storage

  • Clean Before Storage: Make sure silk items are clean before storing them to prevent stains from setting in.
  • Avoid Sunlight: Store silk items in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent color fading.
  • Avoid Sharp Objects: Keep silk items away from sharp objects that could snag or tear the delicate fabric.

6. Cleaning Product

Use a Silk-Friendly Detergent: When washing silk sheets or pillowcases, use a mild, soft detergent to maintain their softness.