Caring For Your Silk

Posted by Anna C on

At Silkanova, we care about our customers and products. It is important to us that we ensure you know exactly how to care for your new silk products. Garments made of silk can be found gracing the catwalks of fashion houses stores across the world. It is versatile, has a beautiful lustre, a natural drape and takes colour well. Silk regulates body temperature so it can be both warm and cool on your body.

We at Silkanova believe that garments made of our highest quality mulberry silk should not just be for special occasions but for every day to add a touch of luxury. Silk is a versatile, chic and robust fabric. Nothing comes close to the gorgeous satiny luxurious soft, light feeling of the silk on your skin. With a bit of care, your silk garment can last for years.

 

To truly appreciate just how vital the aftercare of your silk apparel is, let's uncover where silk material comes from:

The origin of silk production can be traced back to around the 27th century BCE in China, where legend says that Empress Leizu was unfortunate enough to have a silk worm's cocoon fall into her cup of tea. When she removed it, it unravelled into a long silk strand, and the rest is history!

The process of silk production is known as sericulture. It is the process that produces elegant silk fabric from cocoons that can be turned into silk robes, pyjamas, bedding, dresses, underwear and more. A creature creates silk cocoons called a silkworm. These moth larvae prepare for metamorphosis by eating mulberry leaves and spinning a cocoon to prepare for their significant change. It is also one of the reasons that natural silk is known as mulberry silk because silkworms eat mulberry leaves to make their cocoons. A single silkworm can produce up to 15 meters of filament in a minute, and it takes roughly 5000 silkworms to create a pure silk kimono.

Just imagine how many of these tiny creatures it would take to create a silk duvet for a bed! This is why it is so important to take great care of your silk garments. An unspeakable amount of time is used to produce silk fabric, a high-quality, robust material that is easy to fall in love with.

 

Washing and caring for your silk garment:

Considering that silk rope is stronger than an equally thick metal wire, you would think the washing and taking care of this material would be a breeze and not something we all fear. However, great care needs to be taken with silk to and extend the life of this material.

Typically a silk item comes with a "Dry Clean" label. Leaving it to the experts is usually the best way to extend the life of your silk, but it is good to know that you can maintain your silk items at home too.

 

Do you have a silk cleaning accident?

When there's a stain emergency, and you need a quick fix, here is how you can safely hand wash your favourite pieces.

All colours must be washed separately. Silk garments, especially those with bright, vivid colours, tend to bleed. The detergent you use must be mild, silk friendly and suitable for delicate fabrics. Only cool water should be used, and the garment can soak for a short time. Swish it around slowly and gently before rinsing it thoroughly and avoid rubbing at any spots. Silk should never be wrung out to prevent damage to the fibres. It is best to absorb excess water by laying the item down flat and rolling it up in a towel. Finally, either lay it flat to dry or hang up the item away from direct sunlight.

Using your washing machine may also be an option as most modern machines have a silk program that has a low temperature and a short spin cycle. It may also be a good idea to place the silk garment in a mesh bag to prevent snags and tears. As with hand washing, the detergent still needs to be silk friendly. There should be little excess water at the end of the wash, and the item can just be hanger dried.

 

Removing wrinkles:

Most wrinkles in silk can easily be removed by being steamed out. However, not everyone is lucky enough to own a handheld steamer, so an easy hack is to hang the garment up in a bathroom with the steam from a bath or a shower.

If you intend to iron the garment, then it is always wise to check the care label. Silk will iron better when slightly damp. It is crucial to iron on the duller backside to ensure no iron marks on the glossier side. It is vital to ensure that the base of the iron is clean and free of debris. It should always be on the very lowest setting if going directly onto the silk. If the low heat does not have the desired effect and you think it is necessary to use a higher heat along with steam, it is essential to put a cotton cloth between the silk and the iron to preserve the silk. You must also not forget to keep the iron moving to avoid deformation and discolouration.

 

Storage:

At Silkanova, we realise that you may not want to wear your silk scarf all year round (even though you most definitely can). This is why we have included some basic storage information. A simple set of rules will always be available online (Silkanova) so that you (our client) know how to take great care of all of your silk apparel.

The best way to preserve your silk is to store it by hanging it in a cool, dry place to avoid ironing. Silk creases, so folding should be avoided where possible. If your silk is being stored for an extended period, it is best to use a breathable fabric bag and keep it away from any sunlight to avoid any colours from fading. There is always a danger of moths, so adding a natural moth repellent is definitely worth the effort in the long run.

When taken care of, silk will last for years and will continue to make you look and feel incredible.

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