Silk pillowcases are a luxury item that makes our bedtime routines more soothing and beneficial for our skin. However, some consumers worry about the dos and don’ts of silk pillowcase care. How often should you wash pillowcases, and why is it so important to care for them properly?
The Basics of Silk Care
Silk is a beautiful material with some wonderful properties for our health and well-being. That is why MANITO uses nothing but the very best Mulberry silk for our high-end bed linens. We offer a selection of sheets and silk pillowcases to provide a more comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep.
When cared for properly, this soft and breathable material can reduce the risk of skin irritation, keep us cool, and offer a sense of luxury. However, when mistreated, it can lose its silky texture and some of these vital properties. Remember that just because our Mulberry silk is the most durable type of silk around, that doesn’t make it invincible. That is why it is crucial to care for your silk products properly from the first wash.
How Often Should You Wash Silk Pillowcases?
Proper silk care starts with the frequency of washes. While there’s a tendency to wash silk items less frequently due to concerns about damaging the fabric, it’s practical to choose the cleaning frequency based on your needs and habits. Generally, it’s advisable to clean the silk pillowcase once every 1 to 2 weeks. They will trap the same amount of dirt, sweat, and other particles as other materials. You don’t want all that building up around the skin on your face. Washing silk pillowcases every week or two is fine, as long as you follow the best practices below.
The best approach for effective silk pillowcase care is to hand wash them. This more gentle approach means you can remove the dirt and sweat without agitating the fibers too much. From there, you need to worry about the temperature of the water and the type of detergent used.
You only need cool water as you don’t want to run the risk of any heat damage. Colder temperatures are also perfect for maintaining the beautiful colors in our MANITO silk pillowcase sets. A quality detergent with a simple, natural formula will lift the dirt without stripping the fibers and damaging the texture. The fewer chemicals there are, the less likely any will attach to the pillowcases and pose a risk while you’re sleeping. On that note, you also want to avoid any powdered detergents, as these can leave a residue.
One of the fears here is that such a gentle process will be too ineffective, especially when there are stains. What if you accidentally spilled some coffee or napped with your make-up on? You may be able to handle these by rubbing the detergent into the stain, letting it sit for about 15 minutes, and then washing it as normal. If not, you might want to try taking it to a dry cleaner to see what they can do. Alternatively, if there is a more general discoloration due to long-time use, you could add a tablespoon of white vinegar to your cold water. This may help brighten the material and freshen it up.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
One common mistake people make when washing silk pillowcases is the way they handle the material. You need to wash and re-wash the case a few times with clean water for the best results. Some make the mistake of wringing the pillowcase dry between washes, forgetting that silk fibers are weaker when wet. Gently squeeze out the water instead.
Once it is clean, you can blot it dry and leave it to air dry. Remember to keep it flat to maintain its shape and out direct heat. Some make the mistake of putting it in sunlight to speed up the process. This could damage the silk and lead to a sun-bleaching effect.
Care for Your Silk Pillowcases so They Can Care for You
Remember that the more care we take when washing, drying, and protecting these luxury silk pillowcases, the longer they will stay in peak condition. This means they will continue to be soft on the skin for a comfortable night’s sleep, as well as breathable and hypoallergenic. Take the time to follow these steps on any MANITO Mulberry silk products to enjoy them for many years to come.