One of the questions I am asked most is “can I wash my silk scarf?” Well, I’m delighted to say that with a bit of tender loving care, your silk scarf can be washed by hand without being damaged if you follow a few simple rules:
Use the right detergent
First of all, use a specially formulated silk shampoo or cleaner, such as Woolite Hand Wash. These are relatively inexpensive and can be found in the laundry aisle of any good supermarket. And remember – a little goes a long way!
Be quick about it
If the silk is dark or printed, wash it quickly in cold water. If the silk is unprinted or light, then it can be soaked for three to five minutes. No longer! Gently swish the silk from side to side in the water, as delicately as possible. Rinse the silk in fresh cold water which has a tea spoon of vinegar added. This helps to remove all traces of soap.
Gently does it
Do not wring out your silk! Instead, wrap it gently in a dry towel to remove excess liquid. Unwrap the silk and straighten it gently at the corners. Do not pull it. Once silk has been stretched, it will not go back into shape. Dry flat and out of direct sunlight.
Finally, should you wish to iron your silk, always make sure you iron from the back on slightly moist fabric. Remember to check that your iron is not too hot because silk is a protein structure. Too much heat will damage it irrevocably.
Wear it, love it!
In conclusion, my best advice is this. Wear your scarf! Being honest about it, what is the point in having something so wonderful that simply sits in the drawer? Get it out, wear it, love it! Because now you know what to do, if it needs sprucing up every so often.
And remember, if you want a fabulous scarf, visit our Pure Silk Scarf Collection. You won’t find better!