How to Wash Silk
While silk is surprisingly durable for such a sumptuous fabric, it can become weak when exposed to heat and moisture. Don’t risk damaging your favourite piece of silk knitwear, and follow these tips from the experts…
- Never wash your silk knitwear with a detergent containing chlorine bleach, as it has a high chance of damaging the natural fibres.
- Never tumble dry, as the intense heat poses a risk of shrinking and other damage.
- When air drying, try to avoid leaving your silk in prolonged, direct sunlight. While it’s the lesser of two evils compared to tumble drying, too much sun can fade the colours, and dull down your silk’s natural shine.
- Use a mild, non-bio detergent. Ideally, you should opt for one that’s made specifically for natural yarns, for example our own tea tree oil infused wool wash.
- Check that the garment is colour-fast. While the vast majority of silk garments sold these days are colour-fast, it’s not unheard of to come across one that isn’t. To check whether it’s colour-fast or not, simply dab a small patch of the garment with a white, moist cloth. If you see any colour sticking to the cloth (even a little bit!) it’s a bad idea to wash the garment conventionally, either in the machine or by hand. Instead, take it to a good drycleaner.