Cleaning silk typically takes specific attention, regardless of whether it is used for apparel or a comforter. As is the case with other types of bedding, you should always read the care tag of the silk before making a purchase, or at the at least, before washing it. This is because many silk comforters and duvet covers cannot withstand machine washing or dry cleaning. Instead, if you want to preserve your silk comforters or duvets smelling fresh, the easiest method to do it is to air them out on a dry, warm day.
Silk Comforter Protection
A silk duvet or comforter that cannot be washed in a machine will maintain its finest appearance if it is used inside of a duvet cover. This is because the cover assists in keeping the silk clean. The ideal choice is to go with a duvet cover that can be machine washed in the event that it becomes soiled with perspiration, oils from the body, or chocolate crumbs left behind by your adolescent when he or she was sneaking snacks in bed.
It might be tempting to use a silk comforter without a duvet cover since silk has a specific feel that is difficult to beat on the skin. However, duvet covers are designed to protect the comforter from dirt and stains. In addition to this, the majority of alternative comforters may be machine cleaned, while duvets are designed to be placed inside of duvet covers. Cozy Earth suggests using a bamboo duvet cover if you already own a silk comforter that cannot be washed but would still want to enjoy the sensation of silk’s velvety smoothness on your skin. Bamboo has a smooth and silky texture, and the extra bonus of being machine washable means that your silk bedding will be protected from any potential damage. On the other hand, if you use any kind of silk that cannot be washed on top of the bed without a duvet cover to preserve it, the silk bed covering will soon get a little bit filthy or at the very least less fresh than it first was.
Caring for Non-Washable Silk
It is possible to spoil the typical silk duvet, duvet cover, or comforter by washing it in a machine or even by hand totally. At the very least, the silk will feel more rigid and the experience will be less pleasurable. Check the care label to see whether the item can be washed in a machine; while it is not very common, there are certain silk goods that are made to be washable. Assume the item requires special care if the tag is illegible or it is not washable and follow the instructions accordingly.
The silk is able to keep its characteristics thanks to the sun curing process, which also helps to dry out any moisture or body oils that may have been trapped in the blanket. Place the comforter, which should still be inside of the duvet cover, outdoors on a spotless, level surface like a patio. Perform this activity on a day with low humidity and either full or partial sunshine. After the first hour, give it a flip and then let it sun cure for another hour before taking it inside. After that, wash the cover for the duvet. If you would rather sun-cure the silk without a duvet cover, Silkweb suggests laying it out on a clean tarp for one hour on each side. This should be done for the whole piece.
Spot-Clean Your Silk
Oh my, it seems as if something was spilled over the silk comforter. Sorry about that! Spot cleaning is useful for cleaning smaller portions of silk, despite the fact that prolonged submersion might cause the silk to become ruined. To remove a stain, start wiping from the spill’s perimeter inwards with a clean, slightly moist sponge. This will help prevent the stain from spreading. Let the silk dry naturally in the air. If there are any spots left, you will need to start the procedure again.
Use a liquid laundry soap meant for delicates and add just a drop or two of it on the moist sponge to treat a place that needs a little soap. After that, you should follow up by wiping the area with simply water, and after that, you should blot the area with a white towel that is lint-free to assist remove any extra moisture. Because silk is so fragile and prone to snagging, it is important to avoid drying a wet silk duvet or blanket in a dryer. Instead, dry it out till it is as flat as you can get it.
In the event that the silk requires the assistance of a professional cleaner, search for a cleaning business that specialises in silk. Some professionals in the cleaning industry choose to clean silk using procedures that include wetness rather of the harsh dry cleaning chemicals, and they are aware of how to clean silk in a manner that will not damage the fabric. To reiterate, it is preferable to never have to clean that non-washable silk, thus it is ideal to keep it in a cover while it is in use for the best possible outcomes.