How to Care for Silk
Jessica Schramm for Parachute
Silk is one of the oldest and most luxurious fabrics. The soft fabric that makes up our A.L.C. for Parachute collaboration is made of 100% silk which feels light and fine against the skin. In addition to the luscious look of the Silk Pajama Set and Embroidered Silk Robe, the smooth, natural surface of our silk pillowcases and eye mask, can help reduce friction on your hair which often causes damage, like split ends while also helping your skin maintain its natural moisture. Given the material’s generous benefits and timeless appeal, we want to ensure you’re getting the most out of each use. We put together an informative guide on how to best care for your silk – starting at home. From pillowcases to your most luxurious pajamas, here’s what you need to know...
While silk is a delicate fabric, it is strong at its core and can stand up to home washing, when done right. Hand washing with a delicate detergent is the safest method for washing silk. Place your items one at a time in the sink. Fill the basin with cool or cold water to help keep the color, then add a gentle detergent. If using a washing machine, flip the item inside out, place in a mesh washing bag, select the delicate cycle on your machine, using only cold water and the gentle detergent.
No matter your washing preference, drying your silk correctly is equally important in the care process. First things first, do not put your silk items in the dryer whatsoever – heat will lead to the degradation of the fabric. To dry lay the item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or hang to dry. If there is excess water in the fabric, do not wring out, instead place the garment on a towel and blot before laying flat to dry. Most silk items will wrinkle slightly after laundering. Try gently steaming your pieces to remove wrinkles and bring back the luster of the material. If ironing is more your style, use the lowest temperature setting while ironing the garment inside out. For extra caution, we recommend pressing cloth, or an old sheet, between the iron and the silk.
Accidents happen, red wine happens, we've heard it all. If your garment becomes stained, act fast and apply a spot cleaner designed specifically for silk such as the nontoxic Stain Solution by The Laundress. If you're in need of something sooner, Martha Stewart touts, “DIY a mild stain-zapping solution: Mix two cups of lukewarm water with two tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar,” before very gently working the mixture into the affected area. After spot treating, follow the washing steps mentioned above.
When to Seek Professional Help
For those extra tough stains, bring your silk pieces to a dry cleaner. Be sure to always point out your stains when dropping off your silk garments and remember to tell them what at home remedies you’ve already tried so they can safely asses next steps. And just remember that the longer you wait, the harder and less likely you will be able to remove the stain.
Congratualions, your silk pieces have survived this far and now it’s time for them to be safely stashed away until their next use. For everyday storage, hang silk on velvet lined hangers to prevent pajamas and robes from slipping, and use a wide bar hanger to hang pillowcases and pajama pants (clips will imprint on the fabric). When storing silk for long periods of time, it’s important that each piece is freshly clean to prevent moths from going after the natural fibers of the fabric. We’re fans of storing silk, non silk clothing and bedding in breathable garment bags to protect items from bugs and ensure longevity.