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How to care for your silk duvet & bed linen

Some Shrinking of Fabric is Normal

silk duvetsThere might be some shrink occasions happened on your silk bedding, do not worry about that, it doesn’t present it is not a quality one. It is normal for most silk sheets to shrink a little during the first few washings, usually about three to four percent. It is a normal occurrence and should not make you feel like you are doing something wrong. The manufacturers take shrinkage into consideration when they make the sheets so they should still fit your bed just fine after those first few washings.

As a recap, gentle washing and gentle drying is what your silk sheets want to do to help them last a long time and give you many years of happy dreams on them.

Wash your silk sheets- Step III

The last step is to dry it out. Let the sheets hand dry, if possible, but keep them out of direct sunlight and away from heating vents because that silk duvetsis 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. But, because finding a safe place to air dry large silk blankets, such as king size sheets, can be difficult, some people have had good luck drying their sheets using the lowest temperature setting on their dryer, the one that is just barely higher than “air dry.”

If you think the sheets need ironing, you can use a cool iron on them while they are still slightly damp, making sure to iron on the reverse side (the non-shiny side). But I will tell you I have never found it necessary to iron silk sheets. If they are gently washed and dried (translation: not twisted and wrung and beat up), they don’t need to be ironed.

One other note about washing luxurious silk bedding – do not put anything else in the washer with them. Wash them separately from your other laundry.

Wash your silk sheets- Step II

The silk linen of course better to be handwashed, but if you want to, you could get rid of this. After hand washing for the first few times you can switch to machine washing but always wash the sheets on your machine’s 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.

If your machine has an option to allow an extra spin cycle to wring as much water out of your fabrics as possible, resist the urge to use it. Use the spin cycle sparing on silk sheets because it is hard on their fibers. That is why it is important to use the delicate or hand washable cycle on the machine.

It is okay to use fabric softener if you would like to. My personal favorite is a lavender scented fabric softener.

Do not use bleach, even color safe bleach – ever, not even if you have stains on your favorable silk bed sheets.

Wash your silk sheets- Step I

Briefly introduced the care method for your silk blanket, you may still puzzled about how to wash and clean them, here I would like to list the detail ways to care for your silksilk sheets sheets. Well, let’s start!

Keep in mind that silk is a very strong natural fiber. To keep that fiber strong, avoid subjecting it to harsh detergents and soaps that will break those fibers down and strip it of its natural properties. Woolite is a mild detergent that many people use to successfully clean their silk linen but I have found a few manufacturers who do no recommend it. A commonly recommended soap is Charlie’s Liquid Laundry soap which can be purchased online. It is non-toxic and completely biodegradable soap.

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.

High quality silk bedding Safety and easy to care

About the safety, many of you may not understand what it means, that is mainly for the babies and children. As we all know, silk is a naturally fire retardant material which makes it a wonderful choice as silk sheets. It is a highly recommended bedding choice for your babies and children.

And another, most of you may not know how to care for your silk linen and silk duvets, because the silk bedding is made of special fibre and you don’t want to wash it as the common quilt. Ways for caring provided now, Although silk sheets should be hand washed for the first few times, most can then be machine washed on the gentle or hand washable cycle of your washing machine using a gentle soap and cool water. Then they should be air dried out of direct sunlight which won’t take long because silk dries fast.

Silk comforters are even easier to care for, so much so that they are nearly maintenance free. A silk comforter should always have a duvet cover on it to protect the comforter. Wash the cover regularly and air out the silk comforter periodically. The silk bedding should not need to be cleaned because it naturally repels mold, mildew, and dust mites.

Do not consider your silk sets as a arrogant one, it is as soft as you see and easy to care, comfortable to sleep on!

Shopping for Silk Sheets- Care of Silk Sheets

In ancient China, owning anything made of silk was once a privilege only given to the very wealthy and powerful. Today, quality silk bedding no longer only for the rich and affluent. Quality silk bed sets is available to anyone willing to invest in it. silk bedding

Although cost is the biggest barrier to people purchasing silk sheets, the fear of caring for them makes many people shy away from purchasing them too. Although they are not as easy to care for as percale sheets which can get thrown in the washer, tossed in the dryer and come out looking great no matter how much you abuse them, silk linen and duvets require gentler care but it’s really not that hard.

Most silk bedding sheets do best with hand washing for the first few times, and then being machine washed on the gentle or hand washable cycle using a gentle soap. They should be air dried out of direct sunlight although some people don’t have any problems with putting their silk sheets in the dryer and drying them on the air setting to remove the excess moisture and fluff them up.

Easy to choose and easy to care, why not start now?

Long Lasting of silk

Common quilts should be replaced for several years maybe two or three, for there may be parasites on the quilts which will do a harm to person especially for old and young. What will be a good choice for you? The answer is silk!

silk bedding

High quality silk bedding will last for many years. As long as a silk comforter is not abused, and by abused I mean subjected to harsh detergents and frequent laundering, it can easily last upwards of 20 years. Because natural silk originally repels dirt, odors, and pesky things like dust mites a silk comforter does not need frequent laundering. In fact, many silk experts recommend avoiding laundering of a silk linen unless it is absolutely necessary, such as in the case of spilling something on it. But, they also say a silk duvet should always have a duvet cover to protect it. The duvet cover should be laundered frequently and kept clean, as well as the silk sheets.

Why will high quality silk last for so long? Mulberry silk is the king of silks. It is made from the cocoons of a special type of silkworm that is pampered with a steady around the clock diet of chopped mulberry leaves and a temperature controlled environment free of strong odors and loud noises from the time they are hatched to the time they meet their demise when their cocoons are harvested for their silk. Great care is taken to not allow a moth to hatch from a silkworm after it has spun its cocoon. This is so the long single filament silk thread the silkworm has woven as its cocoon does not get broken.

When the silk filament thread from a single cocoon of a cultivated silkworm is unwound, it can be as long as 1,600 yards. The long threads in mulberry silk along with its natural tendency to adhere and bond with itself creates a fabric that is very durable and long lasting.

Whatever the profit and the advantage, silk bedding all could be the most perfect choice for your whole family.

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.