In 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.