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How to Wash Silk Clothes?

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Hello, Julie here from Natural Touch Clothing! As a seasoned expert in high-end clothing manufacturing, I’m here to share some insider tips on how to wash silk clothes. Trust me, I understand the value of quality fabric and how to take care of it.

Silk, with its luxurious feel and delicate nature, demands special attention. Many fear ruining their silk garments, but with the right approach, you can effortlessly maintain their beauty and longevity at home. Here’s a concise guide to keep your silk pieces in pristine condition.

If you’ve ever felt hesitant about washing silk at home, you’re not alone. Silk is undoubtedly a delicate fabric that requires a gentle touch. Whether it’s a silk scarf, blouse, or dress, it’s crucial to follow specific guidelines to preserve its quality. Let’s demystify the process and ensure your silk items remain soft and stunning.

What Are the Basics of Washing Silk?

  1. Check the Fabric Care Label: Always start by reading the garment’s label. While “Dry Clean” is often a suggestion, “Dry Clean Only” indicates a need for professional care. For home washing, hand washing is preferred for its gentleness.
  2. Avoid Chlorine Bleach: Chlorine bleach is harmful to silk’s natural fibers, so steer clear of it.
  3. Shield from Sunlight: Silk shouldn’t be dried in direct sunlight as it can cause color fading and fabric damage.
  4. Skip the Tumble Dryer: The high temperatures in tumble dryers can shrink or harm silk.
  5. Use Delicate Detergents: Opt for detergents specifically designed for delicates, such as Studio by Tide Delicates Liquid Laundry Detergent.
  6. Test for Colorfastness: Before washing, test the silk with a damp, white cloth to check if the color bleeds.

Can Silk Be Machine Washed?

  1. Despite common beliefs, machine washing silk is possible. Here are the steps:
  2. Read the Care Label: Ensure the silk item is machine washable.
  3. Sort Your Laundry: Don’t mix silk with heavy items like jeans.
  4. Use a Mesh Bag: Protect your silk items from abrasion in the washing machine.
  5. Load the Machine Carefully: Avoid overloading.
  6. Add Silk-Friendly Detergent: Use a detergent suitable for silk.
  7. Select a Delicate Cycle: Choose the shortest spin cycle and recommended temperature.
  8. Dry Gently: Post-wash, use a towel to soak up moisture, then hang or lay the garment flat to dry, away from sunlight.

How to Hand Wash Silk?

  1. Fill a Basin with Cool Water: Submerge the garment in lukewarm to cold water.
  2. Add Delicate Detergent: Mix in a few drops of gentle detergent.
  3. Soak for Three Minutes: Allow the garment to soak briefly.
  4. Agitate Gently: Use your hands to gently clean the garment in water.
  5. Rinse in Cold Water: Ensure all soap is washed out.
  6. Absorb Excess Water: Use a towel to remove moisture without rubbing the silk.
  7. Dry Appropriately: Hang or lay the garment flat, avoiding direct sunlight.

How to Treat Stains on Silk?

For stains, gently spot treat with a diluted detergent solution. Always test the solution on a hidden area first. Avoid rubbing the fabric harshly as it can cause lightening.

Additional Silk Care Tips

  • Ironing: Iron silk inside out on low heat or silk setting, only when dry, and with a cloth between the silk and the iron.
  • Storage: Hang silk garments in a cool, dry place, and use breathable plastic bags for long-term storage.
  • Protect from Sunlight: Avoid exposing silk to direct sunlight.
  • Moth Prevention: Use moth repellants when storing silk.


Caring for silk might seem high maintenance, but these simple steps ensure your elegant pieces remain impeccable for years. Remember, it’s not just about washing; it’s about overall care.

In conclusion, washing silk clothes requires a delicate balance of the right techniques and products. At Natural Touch Clothing, we believe in quality first, and these tips are a testament to our commitment to excellence in garment care.


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