How to wash silk by hand?

Silk is a material made from natural fibers with which the most beautiful fabrics that exist are designed.
Despite its resistance, silk fabric must be washed with particular care to maintain its softness and beautiful appearance.

First of all, you should check the label which will tell you the appropriate washing option for your silk textile, namely, if your fabric can be machine washed or if it must be hand washed or dry washed. . Failure to follow these instructions may permanently damage your fabric.

Hand washing remains the safest method to preserve the quality and appearance of silk fabrics.

Some rules to follow when hand washing silk

1. Start by sorting the items and make sure not to mix silk fabrics with fabrics of other materials.

2. Fill a bathtub with cold water. The water must be below 30 C° because silk does not tolerate hot temperatures well.

3. Add two teaspoons of mild detergent to the water, before soaking the textiles in it. It is recommended to use detergents specially formulated for washing silk. Harsh detergents can weaken the fabric.
You should never use detergents containing bleach to wash silk. Bleach will yellow fabrics.

4. Place the silk linen in the bathtub then stir it gently. Above all, do not rub or twist the laundry as this could damage it.
The fabrics should be completely soaked with water, but they should only be soaked for a few minutes (5 minutes maximum).

5. Put the tissues aside (in a bucket for example), while you empty the bathtub and fill it again with cold water.
Return the silk linen to the bathtub, then gently rinse the fabrics to remove excess soap.
Repeat this step as many times as necessary until all of the soap is removed.

6. Once the soap has been removed, you will need to gently wring the laundry to remove excess water, while being very careful, once again, not to wring the fabrics.

As you will have understood, washing silk requires time and patience, but its many benefits are worth paying all the necessary attention to.
Indeed, in addition to its magnificent appearance, silk has multiple properties, including incredible anti-acne, anti-aging and hypoallergenic properties. Silk works miracles on the skin and hair and promotes peaceful and restful sleep.
Properly maintained, silk textiles will remain intact and will continue to provide us with all their benefits for several years.

Learn more about the benefits of silk
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Find out how to dry silk
Find out how to iron silk fabrics

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