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How to care for your silk duvet & bed linen

How to Care for Chinese Silk Blanket

chinese silk blanketChinese silk blanket is the most luxurious fibers in the world. The weaving of the fabric may contain minor irregularities, these are characteristic of fine Chinese silk blanket yarn which gives the fabric its beauty, luster and texture and should be not be treated as defects.

First, either hand washing or dry cleaning the silk blanket for the first 2/3 times will preserve the gloss of the satin and will also soften the silk blanket fibers. There will be some color loss especially the darker tones, but this will lessen over the initial launderings. Second, do not dry Chinese silk blanket in sunlight or near radiators. Sunlight will fade silk blanket, especially deeper shades. Third, silk blanket should not be allowed to get too soiled before cleaning, keep the silk blanket fresh and in good condition with regular cleaning.

Be aware that rough skin on heels, broken and chipped toe nails and even strong hairs on legs can cause excessive wear and pull threads on Chinese silk blanket.

How to Wash Silk Pajamas

silk pajamasSilk pajamas are one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics and have been sought after for centuries. But dry cleaning is expensive! Use these steps to wash silk pajamas thoroughly and without having to take it to the dry cleaners. Silk is a fabric made from natural fibers created by moth caterpillars. Good for both summer and winter wear, silk pajamas is a delicate fabric that requires special care when cleaned.

Check color fastness of silk pajamas first by treating hidden part of clothing. Soak the fabric in lukewarm water with a mild soap for about 5 minutes or less. Make sure the water is not too cold or too hot as this will stretch or shrink the silk pajamas. Rub stains very lightly under the soap-water, careful not to rub too hard as this can damage the silk pajamas irreparably. Rinse with water containing 1/4 cup vinegar. This will remove the soap and help restore shine. Final rinse the silk pajamas with cold water alone. Take out of the water and wring excess water out by spreading the silk pajamas out on a towel and rolling it up. The towel will absorb the water, and the garment will get an effective, yet mild wringing. Leave the silk pajamas on the towel and let it dry somewhat.

Use an iron on low heat to lightly press the silk pajamas. Do not iron the outside of the material, but on the inside that is not seen. After ironing, either put the luxury silk pajamas on a padded hanger to cool, or lay scarves, etc. flat on a table or bed.

Silk Bed Linens Care Tips

silk bed linensCaring for your quality silk bed linens is easier than you might think. After all, silk bed linens have been around for 5,000 years – long before dry cleaning! The truth is, your silk bed linens will outlast cotton and synthetic bed linen if you follow these care tips.

Wash silk bed linens separately. Use of a laundry bag is optional. Give your silk bed linens the room they need to get cleaned: Wash silk bed linens on their own, without any other items. We love the smell of silk bed linens dried on the clothesline, but keep in mind that direct sunlight may cause color to fade, especially in darker silk bed linens. If you can’t wait for a mild, cloudy day, then simply hang silk bed linens over your shower curtain rod and they should be dry in the morning. Give your silk bed linens a shake, and they’re ready to go! You can machine dry your silk bed linens. Simply use your dryer’s lowest temperature setting or, even better, set it to “air.” Take the silk bed linens out before they are completely dry.

If you prefer a crisper look, use your iron’s steam setting to ease out wrinkles, without making contact with the silk bed linens. If you need to iron your silk bed linen, do so on the dull side, using your iron’s “silk” setting.

Iron Silk Sheets before Use

silk sheetsSilk sheets are luxurious and beautiful, but can unfortunately require a bit more care than standard linen or cotton bedding. Silk sheets are usually considered to be one of the most comfortable bedding, but can be quite expensive to own. In fact, many people choose not to purchase silk sheets because they are afraid that the fabric is too expensive and too difficult to maintain. However, with proper care, silk sheets can be a wise long-term investment.

Some people prefer to iron their silk sheets before use, and while silk sheets do not wrinkle easily, some may still want to smooth silk sheets out. Ironing silk sheets should be done with care because silk is a delicate material that can weaken during exposure to heat. The best idea is to turn the iron on the lowest setting and then iron the silk sheets while they are still damp after a wash. The iron smooths out any wrinkles and helps to dry the silk sheets faster. After ironing, silk sheets can be simply hung up on an indoor line to prevent wind from wrinkling them again. One should remember that while silk sheets can survive being ironed with a warm or hot iron, silk sheets last for longer and retain their sheen if they are never exposed to heat.

Silk is a naturally strong and soft fibre, but it is sensitive to elements including moisture, heat, light, and chemicals. Essentially, stored mulberry silk sheets can be treated similarly to wine. Silk sheets should be stored in a cool dark place, away from insects and chemicals.

How to Wash Silk Bedding Sets

silk bedding setsWashing silk bedding sets is tricky business. Hand-washing is safe but time-consuming, machine-wash is risky but convenient. Using too much force for better cleaning may prove to be too risky, but just rinsing with water is not enough to clean off the stains. These are common dilemmas that silk bedding sets owners tend to run into; but worry not! Silk bedding sets aren’t as frail as some people make them out to be. Just follow my instructions and you will be fine.

The best way to wash silk bedding sets is using your own hand, it offers just the right amount of cleaning required. If you have the time to spare, you should always hand-wash your silk bedding sets and other smaller silk pieces in lukewarm water (30C/86F). Avoid regular soap because the basic nature of soap will damage silk bedding sets. If you cannot get your hands on specialized silk cleaners such as TENESTAR (it’s not that difficult to get to be honest.), you can use very light cleaning agents such as baby soap or wool cleaners (which are also used to clean protein fibers as wool is also made of proteins). After you have applied cleaning agents, you can rinse silk bedding sets with clean water or with diluted white vinegar.

Machine-washing mulberry silk bedding sets is somewhat risky. From a personal point of view, if your building only has those really old-style washing machines that don’t have a “delicate” cycle, I would advise you to find somewhere that have better washing machines.

Best Tips for Washing Silk Sheets

full size silk sheetsFull size silk sheets keep you cool in summer and warm in winter; full size silk sheets also wicks perspiration away from the body which is why it helps keep you cool and leads to its reputation as a breathable fabric. Today, we will introduce how to wash your full size silk sheets.

Hand wash with shampoo (but don’t use shampoo containing silicone) to save time. We recommend hand washing full size silk sheets, however, you do wish to machine wash full size silk sheets, please use Delicate Cycle and mild detergent. While full size silk sheets is a very resilient fiber, ongoing exposure to full sun will in time, do damage (just like it does to your skin). Machine dries your full size silk sheets on the lowest temperature setting and takes them out before they are fully dry. Always wash full size silk sheets separately from your other laundry items. Remember to keep the water cool temperature.

Pure full size silk sheets are delicate fabric and should be handled with care. However, it is fairly easy to clean. It has a naturally tendency to release dirt quickly and does not always require dry cleaning to keep its quality.

How to Wash Silk Bedding in Easy Steps

silk beddingSilk is a delicate and luxurious fabric that is good to use as beddings. It is also one of the few materials that can be used year-round. Silk bedding requires special care when cleaned and most manufacturers will instruct the customer to dry clean their silk bedding. However, frequent trips to the dry cleaners can quickly empty your wallet. They are not completely necessary because with care it is possible to hand wash silk with water and soap. To wash silk bedding, use these following steps.

  1. Wash silk bedding by hand if you have doubts that it can be safely washed in a machine. Run cool water into a clean laundry tub or bath tub. Add a small amount of gentle detergent and agitate the water with your hand to make a suds.
  2. Place the silk bedding in the water and gently swish it with your hands. Allow the bedding to soak for a few minutes, then drain the tub and press out as much water from the fabric as possible without wringing the material. Fill the tub with cool water for rinsing. Gently swish the bedding again, then drain the water and press out as much water as you can. Rinse the bedding a second time if any soap remains in the rinse water.
  3. Remove the bedding from the tub. You may need help with this step, since wet bedding is very heavy. Hang the comforter and sheet in a spot where all sides can dry evenly. If you suspend the comforter and sheet from a clothesline, place it over two or three lines, if possible, to help take weight off the fabric.

Washing silk bedding sets by hand is easy. It will save you time and money to the dry cleaners. Use gentle detergent to get rid of the dirt. Follow these steps to complete the task.

 

How to Wash Luxury Bed Linen

luxury bed linenIn ancient China, luxury bed linen was a status symbol and only available to the wealthy. Today, anybody can purchase this luscious fabric and enjoy the benefits of having luxury bed linen. Luxury bed linen should be washed by hand the first two to three times, but after that it is OK to launder them in a washing machine as long as you use the proper method.

Inspect the luxury bed linen for any stains and attempt to remove gently with warm water and a soft sponge. Do not scrub vigorously. Set the washing machine to the delicate cycle and ensure that the water is lukewarm. Don’t use the extra spin cycle; it is hard on silk fabric and can cause damage. Add mild laundry detergent and fabric softener if desired. Use the amount recommended by the brand that you are using. Put the luxury bed linen in the washing machine for the set cycle time. Hang them on a clothesline and allow to the luxury bed linen dry in an area out of direct sunlight, which can cause damage. Luxury bed linen can also be dried in the dryer on the lowest temperature setting.

Luxury bed linen usually shrinks slightly the first few times they are washed. This is normal and not cause for concern. Wash silk bed linen separately from other laundry to prevent damage.

Should I Wash New Silk Sheets Before Using

silk sheetsBrand new silk sheets are generally wrinkle-free, smell nice and feature deep, rich colors. Every washing-and-drying cycle moves your silk sheets one step closer to the trash bin, so using silk sheets right out of the package helps prolong their durability and allows the consumer to enjoy the silk sheets’ new look and feel after purchase.

If your skin is reasonably robust and your nose sufficiently tolerant, or if you just can’t be bothered, then don’t wash new silk sheets. It is not exactly dangerous, and you could argue that you save water, electricity and laundry detergent. By not washing the silk sheets unless it is dirty, you do a service to the environment.

Washing or not washing new 100% mulberry silk sheets is a matter of preference. If you like your silk sheets soft and smelling nicely, wash. If you want to save work, time and money, then don’t.

How should I Wash My Silk Sheets

silk sheetsIt is true that silk sheets are expensive and are an investment, caring for them shouldn’t scare you or stop you from purchasing them.

When you first purchase silk sheets, wash them by hand for the first few washings. Doing this helps to preserve the sheen of the silk and soften the silk fibers. After hand washing for the first few times you can switch to machine washing if you want to, but always wash the sheets on your machine’s delicate cycle After hand washing for the first few times, you can switch to machine washing the sheets, but always wash them on the delicate cycle and never use hot water. Experts recommend washing silk sheets at 30 degree Centigrade (86 degrees Fahrenheit) which is water that is barely lukewarm.

Let the 100% mulberry silk sheets hand dry, if possible, but keep them out of direct sunlight and away from heating vents because that is just like putting them in a hot dryer. It is especially important to keep dark colored silk sheets out of the sunlight because it will visibly fade them in a very short amount of time.