Can you dry clean silk?
You can dry clean silk if the care label on your silk item indicates that it’s suitable for dry cleaning. Otherwise it’s best avoided. This is because silk that’s been dry cleaned may shrink, resulting in a smaller or out-of-shape garment, sheet or pillowcase. Pure, natural silk is usually unsuitable for dry cleaning.
Can you hand wash silk?
Silk can be washed by hand, and if you have the time this is the best way to clean it. Use lukewarm water and wash one item at a time. You should also use a gentle detergent suitable for delicate fabrics. Make sure you rinse thoroughly (but gently) until no trace of detergent remains.
Can silk be washed at home?
Yes, silk can be washed at home. You can handwash silk, or pop it in the washing machine. If it’s a pillowcase, turn it inside out first and set the machine to a gentle cycle with a temperature of 30 degrees celsius or less.
Does silk shrink when washed?
Natural silk fibres will shrink if they’re subjected to too much heat. If your silk is washed, dried or ironed at a high temperature, then it is likely to shrink. The longer the silk soaks or is dried, the higher the chance of it shrinking. The same applies when it’s ironed.
Can you wash silk in the washing machine?
You can indeed wash silk in the washing machine. Set the machine for a gentle 30 degree cycle. Turn the silk pillowcase or garment inside out first if you can. Tumble drying is best avoided, however, unless absolutely necessary. Air drying your silk flat is best, and reduces the need for ironing.
Can you wash silk that says dry clean only?
Silk is actually unlikely to be labelled as dry clean only, as the process can cause silk to shrink. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, though, as you’ll have no comeback if you don’t and damage is the result. If silk is labelled as dry clean only, then it may be made from synthetics rather than real silk.