Caring for your Garment.
For silk garments, I recommend that you DO dry clean your silk garment, as silk is very fragile.
Only use a certified Dry Cleaning business on products that state dry cleaning only.
For other product that can be hand washed please use the hand washing instructions below.
Hand Washing Garments
- Fill a clean sink or large bowl with very cold water.
- Add a very mild detergent to the water and agitate the water to mix in the soap.
- Gently hand wash the item by pulsing the water with your hand several times to move the soapy water through the fabric.
- Empty the sink or bowl.
- Rinse the item in cold water until all soap residue has been removed.
- Add a few drops of conditioner to the rinse water to keep the fabric soft and flexible.
- Press the water out of the fabric by rolling it in a towel. Do not twist or wring, as this will damage the fabric.
- Hang the wet garment and allow it to air dry completely. Do not hang garments in the sun to dry.
- Iron only when absolutely necessary. Use a cool iron with a press cloth between the iron and the fabric.
Additional Tips and Advice
I do recommend that you do dry clean your silk garments, but if you insist on hand washing your silk garment here are some tips you can follow.
- Use lemon juice or vinegar to spot clean, but test an inconspicuous area first to test for colorfastness.
- Be gentle – it’s the agitation from washing that causes this material to shrink. Even the gentle cycle on the washer is too rough for this delicate fabric.
- To keep silk from yellowing, add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse water.
- Since silk is a natural fiber, do not use bleach as it will damage the fibers.
- Be careful not to let hairspray and perfume get on silk as the alcohol will damage the fabric.
- If you have hard water, you may want to add a tablespoon of borax to the water prior to washing.
Information on Hand Washing has be supplied from howtocleanstuff.net