Care of Silk
Although some silks can be hand washed (with care) dry-cleaning by a professional is recommended particularly for dupion.
Choose your dry-cleaner carefully, preferably one that you have previously used for silk (or one that has been recommended to you) and make sure that they can clean silk properly.
For hand-painted, beaded and embroidered silks, 'white spirit' professional dry-clean only is recommended.
Some qualities of silk can be handwashed (carefully) e.g. crepe back satin, sandwashed double crepe, crepe de chine and habotai:
- Wash separately in lukewarm water using mild detergent or soap flakes (e.g. Stergene, Lux, Dreft, Tenestar, non alkaline soap)
- Agitate gently but do not allow to soak for more than a few minutes.
- Rinse well with cool water.
- Drain excess water but do not wring or twist, towel dry garment inside out and lay flat in the shade to dry.
- If required, iron on reverse side using a pressing cloth while still slightly damp, iron should be on a warm (min) setting.
- Dark colours may bleed so test a piece for colourfastness before washing.
- Do not soak
- Do not use bleach
- Do not leave in direct sunlight to dry as this will fade the colour.
Store appropiately in a dark cupboard, away from excessive sunlight, heat, or moisture.