A few important rules need to be observed as silk is a natural fibre and cannot be treated as debonair as e.g. synthetic fibre.
Please pay special attention to the following instructions:
- Never spray silk with perfume or deodorant
- Never bleach silk
- Never expose silk to direct sunlight for longer periods of time
- Don’t spray silk with water while ironing
- Don’t treat individual stains with water
- Always iron the backside only
- Never wring dry
In contrast to the widespread opinion that silk can only be dry cleaned, silk products can be washed by hand without being damaged.
- Use a mild soap or specially formulated silk shampoos
- Soak silk in luke warm water for 3-5 minutes.
(If silk is dark or printed, do not let it soak. Just quickly wash it in cold water.)
- Gently move the fabric during soaking from side to side. (Do not wring dry!)
- Handle wet silk with even greater care as it is very delicate.
- After a maximum of 5 minutes remove silk from water and rinse the fabric with cold water adding a tea spoon of vinegar to completely rid it of the soap.
- Wrap silk in a dry towel to remove the remaining liquid. Use several layers when using dark or printed silk.
- Roll out the silk and straighten it gently at the corners
- Silk should always be ironed from the backside.
- It should always still be slightly moist. Check your iron’s setting!
- Don’t iron silk too hot!
- Always remember that silk is a protein structure much like human hair. Heat will damage it.