Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing silk. Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of gentle detergent (we recommend using The Laundress Delicate Wash) to a washbasin or sink filled with cool water. Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes. Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of the item.
Turn the item inside out, and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag. Select the delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low. Add the appropriate amount of gentle detergent according to the machine and load size.
Dry & Finish
Lay the item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or hang to dry. Do not put it in the dryer! Most silk items will be wrinkled after laundering. We recommend steaming to remove wrinkles and rejuvenate the natural luster after washing. If ironing, use the lowest temperature setting and iron on the wrong side of the fabric (with the garment inside out). A pressing cloth between the iron and item will be safest.
To freshen items between wearings, you can spritz with The Laundress Delicate Spray.
A silk item such as a skirt or dress can be hung on a hanger; however, be mindful of clips because they can leave marks on the material.
Always store items clean.
Storing in plastic encourages yellowing and can trap mildew-causing moisture, a prime environment for bugs. We recommend storing in a breathable cotton hanging garment bag to protect items from bugs.