How To Wash Silk

November 22, 2022

Looking to keep your silk items in pristine condition? If you’re like most people, you probably think of silk as a delicate fabric that needs to be handled with care. In fact, silk is one of the strongest fabrics around! But it’s important to know how to wash silk properly so you can keep it looking its best. Here are some tips for getting your silk garments clean and fresh.

How To Wash Silk

If you’re looking to keep your silk garments looking their best, follow these simple tips on how to wash silk. 

The first step is to check the care label. Silk is a delicate fabric, so it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when washing it. If the label says “dry clean only,” be sure to take it to your local dry cleaner.



If the label says “hand wash,” fill a sink or basin with cool water and add a mild detergent designed for delicates. Soak the garment for 15 minutes, then gently wash it before rinsing it in cool water. You can also machine-wash silk on the delicate cycle, but be sure to use a mesh bag and only use cold water.

Once the silk garment is washed, don’t wring it out. Instead, gently press the water out with your hands and roll it in a towel to remove any excess moisture. Hang the garment on a drying rack or lay it flat to air dry. Never put silk in the dryer, as the heat can damage the fabric. If you need to iron silk, do so on the lowest setting while the garment is still damp.

How To Get Stains Out of Silk

There are a few things you can do to get stains out of silk. First, try blotting the stain with a clean, dry cloth. If that doesn’t work, you can try gently rubbing the stain with a mild detergent. You can also try using white vinegar or lemon juice to help remove the stain. If all else fails, you can take the garment to a professional cleaner.

How To Wash Silk In A Washing Machine

If you’re looking to wash your silk in the washing machine, there are a few key steps you’ll need to follow in order to properly care for the fabric. First, always use a gentle, cold water cycle when washing silk. You’ll also want to use a mild detergent – avoid anything with harsh chemicals or fragrances, as these can damage the delicate fabric. Finally, be sure to remove your silk from the washer as soon as the cycle is complete and hang it up to dry; using a clothesline is best, but you can also lay your garment flat on a towel to air dry. By following these simple tips, you can keep your silk looking great wash after wash.

How To Wash Silk By Hand

If your silk garment is labeled “dry clean only,” you can still hand wash it with a mild detergent. Fill a sink or basin with cool water and add a small amount of gentle detergent designed for delicates. Swish the garment around in the soapy water and then allow it to soak for up to 30 minutes. Drain the sink and rinse the garment in cool, clear water. Gently squeeze out excess moisture and lay the item flat to dry on a clean towel. If possible, iron the garment while it is still damp to help keep wrinkles at bay.

When hand washing silk, it is important to use cool water and a mild detergent. Never use hot water or harsh laundry detergents, as these can damage the fabric. Silk is a delicate fabric, so take care not to agitate it too much when cleansing. Always allow the garment to soak for the recommended amount of time before rinsing and never wring out wet silk—this can cause the fabric to stretch or tear. Gently squeeze out excess moisture instead. Once the item is clean, lay it flat on a clean towel to dry. If possible, iron the garment while it is still damp to help keep wrinkles at bay. 

How To Remove Stains From Silk

If you have a stain on your silk garment, it is important to take care of it as soon as possible. The longer a stain sits, the harder it will be to remove. 



Follow these steps to get rid of stains on silk:

  1. Gently blot the stained area with a clean, white cloth. Do not rub or scrub the stain, as this can damage the fabric.
  1. If the stain is still visible, mix together a solution of one part water and one part white vinegar. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and blot the stained area again.
  1. If the stain is still visible, mix together a solution of one part water and one part dishwashing soap. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and blot the stained area again.
  1. Rinse the area with cool water to remove any soap residue.
  1. Repeat steps 2-4 until the stain is no longer visible.
  1. If the stain is still persistent, you can try using a mild bleach solution. Mix together one part water and one part bleach, and dip a clean cloth into the solution. Blot the stained area with the cloth, being careful not to rub or scrub. Rinse the area with cool water when finished.

If all else fails, you can take your garment to a professional dry cleaner for assistance.

How To Dry Silk

There are a few different methods that can be used to dry silk. One is to simply hang the item up to air dry. Be sure to avoid direct sunlight when drying silk, as this can cause fading. Another is to use a hairdryer on the cool setting, holding it several inches away from the fabric. You can also lay the silk flat on a towel and roll it up, then squeeze out the excess water. Once the silk is mostly dry, you can then iron it on a low setting if needed.

How to Prevent Silk from Being Wrinkled

Silk is a natural protein fiber that is highly susceptible to wrinkling. However, there are several ways to prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place.

The best way to prevent wrinkles is to avoid exposing silk to excessive heat and moisture. When storing silk garments, make sure they are not folded too tightly or left in direct sunlight.

Another way to prevent wrinkles is to keep silk garments on hangers when possible and to smooth them out with your hands before hanging them up.

If wrinkles do form, they can often be removed by steaming or ironing the garment on the lowest setting. Silk should always be ironed on the reverse side to avoid damaging the fabric.

How to Prevent Silk from Being Damaged or Stained

To protect silk from damage or stains, it is important to avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive materials. For example, when laundering silk garments, use a mild detergent and avoid bleaching agents.

It is also important to take care when wearing silk garments, as they can be easily damaged by jewelry or other sharp objects. When wearing silk, avoid putting it in contact with anything that could snag or tear the fabric.

In addition, be careful not to spill any food or drink on silk garments, as they can be difficult to remove stains from. If a stain does occur, it is important to treat it immediately.

Now that you know how to take care of silk, you can keep your garments looking their best for years to come. If washing isn’t your thing, you can always book a Tasker to help. 

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