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.