Have you ever felt anxiety when it comes to hand washing silk? I have, big time. I usually trust my silk delicates to the professionals; I am worried that I will ruin everything! After my last dry cleaning bill, however, I decided there has to be a better way.
I went to Tez with my dilemma (sorry Mom) and she recommended the fine ladies at Laundress. Their resourceful website has tips on how to clean anything (and I mean anything). Plus their freshly scented detergents smell heavenly, one whiff and I was hooked.
Here is what I learned about washing silk:
- Hand washing silk from home is actually better for your silk items then Dry Cleaning. Who knew!
- To remove odors, prewash with Vinegar (Laundress has a good scented vinegar option).
- If possible, turn the garment inside out while washing.
- Only soak for half and hour - No longer!
- Some color will be in the water, don't worry that is normal.
- Only wash like colors together.
- Never, never wring out the garment once you are finished. Let the item hang dry or lay the garment flat on a towel to dry.
- Once the item is dry, steam or press the garment flat.