How to wash your silk pillowcase

Mulberry silk pillowcase

 

A question we often get asked is 'how easily can I wash my silk pillowcase?' so we thought we would put together our top tips on how to easily wash your silk items.

Silk is a delicate fabric and needs to be looked after carefully for long-term use. We use the highest grade mulberry silk (grade 6A long fibre) to create our silk items, which means that our silk is high-quality, durable and designed to last. Due to the quality of the silk we use, our pillowcases are machine-washable on a cool delicates wash. However, for best results we recommend hand-washing when you can.

Below is a step-by-step guide to follow for both hand-washing and machine-washing your silk pillowcases and accessories. 

Quick tips for washing silk

  • Only use a silk-friendly detergent 
  • Do not use any bleach or fabric conditioner
  • Wash in cool water (below 30 degrees)
  • Line dry and avoid any heat or sunlight when drying
  • To keep the silky feel, iron on a silk setting after washing

Silk care guide

Hand-washing instructions (silk pillowcases & accessories)

Step 1 

Immerse the item for a couple of minutes in cold water with a few drops of silk detergent. Then rinse with cold water.

Step 2 (optional) 

Add a spoonful of distilled white vinegar to one litre of cold water and rinse the item to keep the silky sheen. To finish, rinse again in cold water.

Step 3

To dry, spread the item out on a towel and roll up gently to absorb excess moisture. Do not wring or twist the fabric.

Step 4

Dry flat or hang, avoiding direct sunlight.

Step 5 (optional)

If you have a steamer, this is a great way to iron out any creases in the silk after washing. Alternatively, Iron while still damp using a low temperature silk setting. We recommend ironing through a damp cotton cloth or using the steam setting.

Machine-washing instructions (silk pillowcases only)

Step 1 

Turn your silk pillowcase inside out and place in a protective laundry bag.

Step 2 (optional) 

Add a small amount of liquid, silk detergent (pH neutral).

Step 3

Wash on a cold, silk or delicates cycle at 30 degrees or below.

Step 4

Dry flat or hang to dry, avoiding direct sunlight. Do not tumble dry.

Step 5 (optional)

If you have a steamer, this is a great way to iron out any creases in the silk after washing. Alternatively, Iron while still damp using a low temperature silk setting. We recommend ironing through a damp cotton cloth or using the steam setting.

 

We hope you found this guide helpful! If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out to us at info@thesilkcollection.co.uk.