How to care for your silk

Over the last few weeks I’ve been talking about some of the gorgeous Grace Hill silk pieces available on from Ezibuy. As I’ve said before, the quality, cut, fit and value of this collection surprises me, in a good way!

Here are some of the gorgeous pieces I’ve been talking about over the last few weeks…..

Grace Hill silks

 SHOP THE LOOKS: Grace Hill silk tee in blush (also these fab jeans are from Ezibuy – you can shop them HERE) | Grace Hill silk slip dress | Grace Hill silk maxi dress | Grace Hill silk embroidered tank (also wearing Emerge knit joggers)

And now that we’ve worked out what amazing silk pieces we need in our wardrobe, let’s talk about the all-important, HOW TO CLEAN IT!

Silk is a delicate fabric and should be handled with care. However, it is fairly easy to clean. It has a natural tendency to release dirt quickly and does not always require dry cleaning to keep its quality, which is good news!

When washing your silk, remember these things:

  • Gently handwash silk items using cold water.
  • Apply a very mild detergent.
  • Rinse the item in cold water until all soap residue has been removed.
  • Press the water out of the fabric by rolling it in a towel. Do not twist or wring, as this will damage the fabric.
  • Hang the wet garment and allow it to air dry completely.
  • Do not hang silk garments in the sun to dry.
  • Iron only when absolutely necessary. Use a cool iron with a press cloth between the iron and the fabric, or iron the fabric inside out.
  • Unless the tag on your silk fabric recommends dry cleaning, it should be avoided as dry cleaning will shrink certain types of silk.

Some additional tips and tricks

  • Use lemon juice or vinegar to spot clean, but test an inconspicuous area first to make sure you don’t accidentally bleach it!
  • Be gentle – it’s the agitation from washing that causes this material to shrink. Even the gentle cycle on the washer is too rough for this delicate fabric.
  • Since silk is a natural fiber, do not use bleach as it will damage the fibers.
  • Be careful not to let hairspray and perfume get on silk as the alcohol will damage the fabric.

Great! So now we not only know what amazing silk pieces we are adding to our wardrobe, we know how to look after them properly too. Silk is such a beautiful and timeless fabric to wear, don’t be scared to try it more!

Until Next Time,

Happy Shopping

Cait xoxo

Caitlin is a Style Coach and Fashion Writer over on her website www.chasingcait.com – check it out for most posts like this one.