How to care for silk clothing

How to care for silk clothing

Mera Silk garment is an investment piece. You have to plan to buy this fabric for long-term use.

How do you care for your Mera Silk garment to ensure longevity?

Let’s talk about washing tips and other silk care instructions.

The 101 of Washing your Mera Silk garment

Silk is a natural and delicate material, and you may feel nervous about washing silk clothing on your own. Bear these basic reminders in mind so you can give your luxurious items the care they deserve.

Always read the silk care instructions on the label. It will tell you how a particular garment must be cleaned and cared for.

  • Never use chlorine bleach on silk clothing. It will damage its natural fibres.
  • Do not expose silk to direct sunlight. Exposure to sun can cause discolouration over time.
  • Never tumble dry. The high temperature of the dryer can shrink and/or damage your favourite silk clothing.
  • Always use a mild detergent. You can look for detergent brands that are specifically designed for silk.

How Do You Hand-Wash Silk Clothing?

This is probably the safest way to wash silk garments, and the steps are easy to follow.

  1. Submerge your silk in a basin filled with cool water.
  2. Add a few drops of mild detergent and use your hand to mix it into the solution. Let the item soak for at least 3 minutes.
  3. Using your hands, plunge the garment up and down to remove dirt.
  4. Rinse the silk under cold water until all the soap has been washed out.
  5. Soak up the moisture using a towel. Never rub or agitate your silk.
  6. Lay it flat on a drying rack and keep it away from direct sunlight.

How Do You Wash Silk in a Machine?

Yes, some silk garments can be washed silk in a machine. However, you must use a mesh bag to avoid damaging the fabric

  1. Always check the label. Some items suffer damage or color loss in the machine.
  2. Sort your laundry. Never wash silk with heavy pieces of clothing like jeans.
  3. Use mesh bags to protect your silk garments.
  4. Add a gentle detergent that is specifically designed for silk garments. Check the dosing instructions on the bottle.
  5. Set your machine to a delicate wash option. Also, choose the shortest spin cycle and follow the recommended temperature in the label, if possible.
  6. Soak up excess moisture using a towel.
  7. Depending on the item, hang it up or lay it flat to dry. Again, avoid direct sunlight.

Can You Dry Clean Silk?

The fabric care label should tell you if the garment can be dry-cleaned. If the label says, “dry clean only,” it is best to take it to a professional.

Caring for Silk After Washing

Caring for silk goes beyond washing and drying. You must learn how to iron silk properly to address wrinkles and creases. Here are a few tips:

  • Turn the garment inside out. Use low heat or silk setting.
  • Iron silk when dry. Never spray or wet silk when ironing.
  • Put a cloth between the item and the iron.

Storing silk should be easy. You just have to keep them in a cool, dry place. If you are planning to put the item away for a long time, keep it in a breathable plastic bag. Use a moth repellent and keep it out of the sun.