How to Wash Silk Linen

wash silk bedding like a pro

the do’s and don’t of washing silk bedding

Silk is a very strong fabric and can last for many years if cared for properly. One of the key ways to keep your silk linen looking and feeling great for years is to *wash it correctly.

  1. Never, ever use bleach when you wash your silk bedding. Bleach can be very damaging to silk and can cause the fabric to turn yellow. Remember, some detergents include bleach.
  2. Do use ½ cup of distilled white vinegar in a second rinse cycle when washing your silk to help prevent yellowing of the fabric over
    time and to restore luster.
  3. Do use a gentle detergent, such as Woolite or TENESTAR. Many eco detergents can also work well, such as ECOS. If you are hand washing your silk linen you can also use a gentle shampoo, such as Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Soap.
  4. Never dry your silk in a dryer with any heat setting. You can use a non-heat tumble dry for a short period or a specific silk setting if your dryer has this option. Otherwise, we recommend that you hang dry silk indoors in a cool location as sun light can cause fading over time. If you are drying a smaller item, such as a pillowcase, you can use the towel method to help dry the fabric faster. Place a towel down and place your silk pillowcase on top. Then fold the edge of the towel over the silk and roll up the silk pillowcase and towel. Give it a gentle squeeze and then set aside to air dry.
  5. Do use cold water when washing your silk linens. Hot water and silk don’t play well, so save the environment and your silk linen by using cold water.
  6. Do use a small amount of Borax “if” you have hard water.
  7. Do act quickly if you stain your silk linen. Spot cleaners designed for silk work best, but if you don’t have one of these on hand, try cleaning the stain with cold water and detergent (works great for protein stains, such as blood). For tough stains you can bring your linen to a dry cleaner. Just remember that the longer you wait the harder and less likely you will be able to remove the stain. (remember, do not ever use hot water with silk)
  8. Do use a gentle or hand wash cycle when machine washing silk. If you have a top loading washer, be extra careful as top loaders tend to be much harder on fabrics (a wash bag is recommended). Front loaders are a better option and of course hand washing your silk is a safer option.

* Please Note: The only completely safe way to clean your silk is to have it dry cleaned (look for green dry cleaners if possible). However, many of our customers do wash their silk at home and we too wash our silk bedding ourselves. However, silk is still a natural fabric and can be damaged quickly if mistakes are made. If you choose to wash your silk bedding, please note that you do so at your own risk.