Silk scarves are a delicate and luxurious accessory, but with proper care they will continue looking fabulous year after year. Besides, silk scarves are among the very few items that never go out of fashion, so if you take good care of your scarf, it can last a lifetime. Here are some tips for caring for your silk scarf:
How to clean a silk scarf?
Silk is a delicate, natural fiber and it can be easily damaged by harsh chemicals and detergents. The best way to clean your silk scarf, is to hand wash in cool water with a mild detergent specifically made for silk. Some advanced washing machines also have cycles particularly designed to care for silk and delicates, which I personally would not hesitate to use, but it of course depends on how much you trust your washing machine. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners, as they can weaken or damage the silk fibers. When washing silk, be aware that the colors might run or fade, especially if dyed with natural dye. You can use color catcher sheets to catch any excess color in the laundry water, but the best advice is to wash your scarf as infrequently as possible. You can also have your scarf dry cleaned, but make sure to inform the cleaner that the item is made of silk.
If you choose to wash your silk scarf at home, remember never put your scarf in the dryer, as the heat can shrink or damage the silk fibers. Instead, lay it flat on a clean towel and roll it up gently to remove excess water. Then, lay it flat to dry on another dry towel in a shaded area, away from direct sunlight.
Can you iron your silk scarf?
If your silk scarf needs ironing, make sure to do it on a low heat setting and use a press cloth to protect the silk fibers. Never iron directly on the silk, as it can burn or damage the fabric. I usually prefer to use a steamer for freshening up my silk scarves. The steam can remove wrinkles and odors without applying direct heat to the silk. However, it is important to use the steamer at a safe distance from the silk to avoid overheating the fabric and causing damage.
How to store your silk scarf?
When not in use, store your silk scarf in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid hanging it as this can stretch the silk fibers. Instead, fold the scarf carefully and store it in a flat, padded bag to prevent wrinkles and creases, and to protect the scarf from sunlight which can cause the colors to fade.