Silk clothes have been worn for centuries due to their luxurious feel and beautiful finishes. Fibers in clothes each react differently when treated with stain removal products and during cleaning. Always read hang tags and labels before attempting to remove a stain.
Silk fibers are made of protein and will dissolve in chlorine bleach. Even dilute solutions of chlorine bleach will cause permanent yellowing, color loss and weakening of silk. All stain removal products should be tested in an inconspicuous spot. Professional dry cleaning is usually recommended for silk clothes.
There are, however, washable silk items. These clothes or accessories are usually unstructured but should be handwashed or done on the washer's gentle cycle only. Use a delicate care detergent and do not wring or squeeze the fabric excessively which can break the threads. Rinse well and dry flat or hang on a padded hanger to drip dry.
Adding 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water can help silk keep its lovely sheen.
Extremely high temperatures when ironing can scorch silk, wool and other hair fibers. The scorching or yellowing occurs as the fibers begin to burn. Burned fibers cannot be revived.
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