A CASE FOR SILK
Silk is a fabric that is breathable, durable, and what it’s best known for — amazing on the skin. We here at SELECTED FEMME love silk. Which is why we recommend a strict procedure when taking care of it.
WASHING MACHINE: YES OR NO?
A very recent development in washing your silk comes in the form of a special wash cycle on new washing machines. If you choose the wool program that is now on many new models, your silk item will be taken with the same care of your delicate wools – ensuring the right soap and water ratio and a gentle cycle to keep your silk looking good as new. Be sure to check your washing machine’s manual for its wool program capabilities.
If you don’t have a brand new washing machine, steer clear from any sort of delicate program. We at SELECTED would then highly recommend hand washing. Your bathroom or kitchen sink should do the job. We suggest a teaspoon of liquid soap (note: do not use powder soap) and water that is just on the verge of feeling cold (around 30°C). Do not soak the garment in the soapy water, a good dip will suffice.
air DRY, DON’T TUMBLE DRY
We hate to say never, but when it comes to tumble drying your silk — never do it. It’s ok to gently squeeze out the water of the garment, but be sure to not wring it out too aggressively for fear of damaging or severely wrinkling the silk. We recommend taking a towel that won’t leave material behind, and pressing out the moisture in the garment before hanging it to dry completely.
HANG IN THE SHADE
When hanging your silk to dry, we highly recommend that you do not hang it directly in the sun, as sun can bleach the garment. On a hanger inside your home will do the trick. This can also be said when airing out your silk. Rather than another wash, hang the silk garment outside of the closet to air in-between wears.