how to dry silk pillowcases

When it comes to caring for silk pillowcases, emphasis is always placed on washing methods but not so much on the after-wash process: drying.

The drying of silk pillowcases is equally as important as the washing itself, and not drying your silk pillowcases properly can have a significant impact on the longevity and quality of the silk pillowcase.

Let's take a look at how “big” of an impact drying your silk pillowcases wrongly can have and what the right way to go about drying your silk pillowcases is.

How to Dry Your Silk Pillowcase?

Silk has its peculiarities, making it delicate, and because of that delicacy, it should be handled with care during and after washing.

Silk contains natural protein fibers, which account for its feel and the benefits that silk bedding and items provide.

For this reason, it is necessary to use mild detergents that are not enzyme-based, as enzymes could break down the protein.

Additionally, ensure that the detergents are pH-neutral, as most harsh detergents have a higher pH, which can be damaging to delicate fabrics like silk.

Hand washing is the preferred washing method when it comes to handling silk. If you need to machine wash your silk pillowcases, make sure to put them in a mesh laundry bag and use a gentle cycle.

However, first, check the care label to ensure your silk pillowcase is suitable for machine washing.

keep your silk pillowcase out of direct sunlight

That's enough about the washing; now, we'll move on to the subject of focus “drying”.

After washing, the silk pillowcase is soaked in water. What you don't do is squeeze or wring it to get rid of the excess water.

Doing so would weaken the silk fibers. Instead, grab a clean, dry towel and lay it on a flat surface. Place your silk pillowcase on top of the towel, then roll the towel with the silk pillowcase inside to absorb moisture.

Unroll and lay it flat again. You can repeat this process to remove as much moisture as possible.

Now, you don't want to dry your pillowcase under the direct glare of sunlight. Doing so can reduce the quality of the silk and cause yellowing.

Instead, you should either place your silk pillowcase on a flat surface with a clean, dry towel underneath and leave it be, or hang it on a clothesline or drying rack away from direct sunlight.

If hanging, run your hands along the clothesline to remove any dirt that could leave marks or lines on your silk pillowcase when dry.

You can also dry your silk pillowcase indoors in a well-ventilated room.

Here are some quick tips to remember when drying your silk fabrics:

  •       Avoid drying your silk pillowcase under direct sunlight.
  • Do not wring or squeeze silk pillowcases to remove excess water.
  • Run your hands along clotheslines to remove dirt and stains that could potentially leave lines or marks on the silk pillowcase.
  • Avoid heat! Do not put your silk fabric in the dryer.
  • Do not use wooden drying racks that can leave stains or dye on your pillowcases.
iron your silk pillowcase inside out

To Iron or Not to Iron After Drying?

With freshly dried silk sheets and pillowcases come wrinkles and creases. While these can ease out over time, if seeing those creases bothers you, a little bit of straightening wouldn't hurt if done the right way.

If you want to iron, start by turning your silk pillowcase inside out and setting your iron to low, specifically for silk or delicate fabrics. Iron while it's still slightly damp, or place a clean cloth as a barrier between the iron and the pillowcase to prevent direct heat exposure.

Iron on the opposite side to effectively remove wrinkles without damaging your pillowcases.

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how to store your bedding

How to Store Dry Sheets and Silk Pillowcases?

It is best to store your silk pillowcases and sheets in a place with minimal sunlight exposure, ideally in a cool and dry environment.

Use breathable storage bags that allow airflow while effectively protecting the silk from dust and dirt accumulation.

Storing silk in plastic bags or containers is an absolute no-no, as they can trap moisture and lead to mold, potentially ruining the pillowcases.

Make it a habit to rotate your silk pillow cases and give your favorite pillowcase a rest!

June 24, 2024 — Michelle Fletcher Smith