How to wash silk bed linen?
Contrary to popular belief, silk is one of the most resistant natural fibers for its very fine diameter. However, silk fiber can lose up to 40% of its strength when wet, making it vulnerable to stretching. Washing silk satin or any other silk fabric therefore requires some precautions. Be aware that the lower the weight of your fabric, the more delicate the wash.
"Maison de la Soie" silk bed linen weights at least about 82 gr/m² for 19 mommes (and up to 25 mommes for the Quintessence collection). It is a superior quality silk satin which is very resistant to machine washing at 30°C.
Taking care of your silk bed linen is therefore not that complicated. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your silk sheets for as long as possible.
What detergent to use?
The professional detergent for silk Tenestar is the most suitable because it has been specially formulated for this delicate fiber. It has a neutral pH and does not contain bleach, bleach or enzymes. In addition, it is biodegradable.
How often should you wash your silk bed linen?
Silk is naturally anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic and repels dust mites. It does not absorb your creams and limits friction on your skin. Also, washing once or twice a month is enough.
You can wash your silk bed linen in the machine. Select the delicate program at 30°C max, put your laundry in a net and use a suitable detergent.
Tip: If you don't have a net, you can put your silk pillowcase inside a cotton pillowcase.
If you prefer hand-washing you silk, use lukewarm water (30°C max) and wash your laundry delicately. Avoid rubbing, twisting or soaking the fabric.
Tip: Add a few drops of white alcohol vinegar when rinsing to properly remove the soap and give your laundry a shine.
Ideally, dry your bed linen flat so as not to leave a mark. Alternatively, you can hang it on a wire without a clothespin. Please note that drying must be done away from all sources of direct heat (sun, radiator, etc.) and the dryer is to be avoided.
Tip: Before hanging your laundry, wrap it in a towel that will absorb the water.
Ironing silk satin
Iron at low temperature, if possible while the silk is still damp. Start from the inside without pressing too much on the seams. Do not use a steam iron and avoid re-wetting the fabric. Finally, if necessary, finish with a light ironing on the outside.
The following are prohibited because they would damage the silk fibre:
The dryer, fabric softeners, washing powder, washing powder containing bleach, bleach or any other chlorine bleach.