Caring for your silk

“I love silk, but all that hand-washing and dry cleaning, I don’t have time for all that extra work!” 

In my line of work, I tend to hear this a quite a lot. Rest assured, silk is not as delicate and tricky to manage as many people seem to think. Yes, mulberry silk from The Ethical Silk Company requires just a little bit of love and attention, but it Is strong as well as beautiful and surprisingly easy to look after. Silk is one of the strongest of natural fibres. This natural material needs to be cared for like any other, in order to maintain its strength and durability. 

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Our 100% mulberry silk can be easily washed, dried and ironed. Just follow our handy guide to getting the best from your silk products and you’ll have family heirloom to pass on to future generations.

  1. You can machine wash your silk on a low-temperature, delicate cycle. Use the time-reduction setting on your machine, if your machine has it.
  2. Wash like colours together.
  3. Use a silk/wool detergent like Woolite, or Ecover Delicate Laundry Liquid.
  4. A mesh bag will protect your silk from any possible snagging that can occur in the machine.
  5. Keep away from fabric conditioner/softener! It is not necessary for silk. In fact, it leaves behind a film on your laundry, that with repeated use makes it impenetrable to water and detergent. 
  6. Silk dries very quickly. Hang to dry, out of direct sunlight.
  7. For best results, iron from damp, on reverse, using low setting. Trust us – it gives the nicest finish and as the silk tends to dry through the ironing it saves time. Pay particular attention to the seams as the silk is layered.
  8. Tumble drying is not recommended (or needed as silk dries so quickly)
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If you’re still hesitant about machine washing, you can always hand-wash your silk, using lukewarm water and a gentle detergent. An alternative is a non alkaline soap or even baby shampoo! Do not soak. Wash your silk gently through the soapy water for a just a few minutes.

When rinsing you can add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water as it neutralizes alkali traces. Do not wring it out afterwards as this can cause damage to the fibers. Roll your garment gently in a towel to remove the bulk of the water. And continue as before to dry.

Love your silk laundry (even just a little) and it will last for many years to come!