Pure silk requires 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, which means this natural material needs to be cared for like any other, in order to maintain its strength and durability. If cared for properly silk can last a lifetime!
Just follow our top tips to getting the best from your silk bed linen:
You can machine wash your silk on a low-temperature, gentle cycle, or hand wash, if you prefer, using luke-warm water and a mild detergent. Cold water is great for keeping electricity bills low and it’s what you need for washing your silk duvet cover. It protects the delicate nature of the material from potential shrinkage.
- Knead and squeeze - this will protect the shape of the material. Remember: silk is anti-bacterial, so harsh washing is unnecessary. A gentle application will work wonders!
Wash like colours together.
Use a delicate/mild detergent. Make sure that during your cold wash, you do not use bleach or heavy detergents!
A mesh bag will protect your silk from any possible snagging in the machine.
Avoid fabric conditioner/softener! It is not necessary for silk and can cause damage to it - fabric softener coats those fibers reducing their ability to naturally manage moisture and regulate body temperature.
Silk dries very quickly. Hang to dry, out of direct sunlight. Drape it to dry in a shaded area for extra protection
Tumble drying is not recommended (or needed as silk dries so quickly)
- Ironing – For a crisper appearance, iron your silk duvet cover on a cool setting. Make sure you do this when it is completely dry. Never iron silk while it is still damp!
The above steps are recommended for our silk bedding only. We would always recommend to hand wash your silk eyemask!
Whether you choose to launder, or hand wash your silk duvet cover, washing it will only enhance its glossy appearance and buttery softness.