How to wash a silk pillowcase - The ultimate guide to washing silk

Mulberry silk pillowcase

 

A question we often get asked is 'how easily can I wash silk pillowcases?' so we thought we would put together our top tips on how to easily wash your mulberry silk pillowcases and silk accessories.

Mulberry 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 100% silk pillowcases and accessories, which means that our silk is high-quality, durable and designed to last. Due to the quality of the silk we use, our mulberry silk pillowcases are machine-washable on a cool delicates wash. However, for best results we recommend hand-washing silk pillowcases when you can.

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

Quick tips - how to a wash silk pillowcase 

  • Only use a silk-friendly detergent 
  • Do not use any bleach or fabric conditioner
  • Wash in cool water (30 degrees celcius or below)
  • 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

Below you can find our step-by-step guides for both hand-washing and machine-washing your silk pillowcases, silk scrunchies, silk eye masks, silk headbands and silk face masks.

Hand-washing instructions (silk pillowcases & silk accessories)

Step 1 

Immerse item for a couple of minutes in cold water with a few drops of silk-friendly 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 pillowcase. Alternatively, iron while still damp using a low temperature silk setting. We recommend ironing through a damp cotton cloth or using a 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 celcius 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 pillowcase. Alternatively, iron the silk pillowcase 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 on how to wash silk helpful! If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out to us at info@thesilkcollection.co.uk.