Silk is so in!! If you don’t believe, just ask the Hollywood A-listers and reality super stars who swear by silk pillowcases for smooth, wrinkle-free skin and won’t sleep on anything else or browse through the latest edition of your favourite fashion magazine. But while we all love the feel of silk sheets and clothes, they do require some taking care of. Today on the Laundry Basket, it’s going to be all about caring for silk.
Here are a few things you need to know:
- Silk is a natural protein fiber. Do not use chlorine bleach to clean silk; chlorine will damage the silk fabric
- Avoid drying silk in direct sunlight as sunlight for a prolonged period will damage the silk fabric
- Substances containing alcohol will damage silk fabric. So let your perfume and hairspray dry before dressing
- Hand washing silk is our recommended mode of cleaning silk. Almost all silk can be hand washed (and would not shrink if the silk fabric were pre-shrunk before sewing)
- Use lukewarm water and mild detergent such as the new improved Sunlight 2-in-1 detergent.
- While rinsing, you can add a few tablespoonful of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water to neutralize alkali traces and to dissolve soap residue.
- For a more silky feel, add a few drops of fabric conditioner to the final rinse
- Do not soak silk for more than a few minutes.
- Do not wring or twist; roll in a towel to extract water.