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How to Wash Silk Pillowcase: The Complete Guide

How to Wash Silk Pillowcase: The Complete Guide

Silk Pillowcases are synonymous with luxury bedding, and learning how to wash silk pillowcase correctly is essential to maintaining their elegance. Making the investment in these luxurious items means spending a significant amount, but it’s also a commitment to unparalleled comfort. Many choose silk pillowcases for unique benefits like reduced hair tangling and a healthier complexion post-slumber.

At MANITO, we take pride in offering the finest Mulberry Silk Pillowcases and an exclusive range of silk home collections. A frequent piece of advice we give to our esteemed clients is on the importance of proper silk care. This not only ensures longevity but also guarantees that you get the most value from your investment. So, let’s explore the best methods for washing your silk pillowcase and keeping it in pristine condition.


Understanding the Need for Special Silk Care


Silk’s delicate nature stems from its origin. Harvested from silkworms, silk primarily comprises two proteins: 80% Fibroin and 20% Sericin. This composition makes it vulnerable to damage from water, chemicals, and sun exposure during washing and drying. Unlike more robust fabrics like cotton, silk requires a tender touch, applicable not only to silk pillowcases but also to silk sheets. Emphasizing the importance of care extends beyond pillowcases to the entire range of silk bedding, ensuring its luxurious feel and longevity.


Yet, with the right care, silk doesn’t just last; it thrives. The very protein composition that demands special attention also gives silk its shine, elasticity, and thermal regulation properties.


The Proper Way to Wash Silk Pillowcase


Whether it’s hand washing or machine washing, the ultimate aim remains unchanged: to preserve the fabric’s soft and silky nature. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wash Silk Pillowcase without compromising their integrity.


How to Wash Silk Pillowcase by Hand


Step 1: Make sure to pre-soak the Silk Pillowcase in cold water for 3-5minutes.
Step 2: Turn the Pillowcase inside out and fully immerse them in cold water with a silk-specific detergent in a clean basin.
Step 3: Gently move the Pillowcase around in the water. Avoid rubbing the fabric against itself.
Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with cold water. Instead of wringing, press the Pillowcase gently to get rid of excess water.
Step 5: Hang the Pillowcase to air-dry, ensuring they are out of direct sunlight.


While cold water is generally safest for silk, lukewarm water can also be used, especially if your silk pillowcase is heavily soiled. Ensure the water temperature does not exceed 86 ℉ to avoid damaging the silk fibers. This slight adjustment in temperature can help in dissolving detergent more effectively without compromising the fabric’s integrity.


How to Wash Silk Pillowcase by Machine


Step 1: Pre-soak it in cold water for 3-5minutes.
Step 2: Invert the Pillowcase, placing them inside a protective mesh laundry bag, then into the washing machine.
Step 3: Select a gentle cycle with cold water (not exceeding 30°C) and add a mild liquid detergent.
Step 4: Immediately after the cycle ends, remove the Pillowcase to prevent wrinkles.
Step 5: Give the Pillowcase a gentle shake to straighten them, then lay them out to air-dry.


When choosing a detergent for your silk pillowcases, ensure it’s a silk-specific detergent. These detergents are formulated to be gentle on silk’s delicate fibers, often pH-neutral and free from enzymes that can break down silk proteins. Using the right silk detergent is crucial to maintaining the fabric’s sheen, softness, and durability.


Drying and Additional Silk Care Tips


Concerned about excess moisture in your pillowcase post-wash? A clean, dry towel can be used to roll and gently press the pillowcase, extracting the surplus water.


  • Iron while the fabric is still slightly damp under a low temperature setting (below 120°C).
  • If you need to use a steamer, make sure it’s on a setting suitable for silk.
  • Always iron on the reverse side or place a protective cloth between the silk and iron.


While common fabric care methods such as tumble drying and dry cleaning are often used for convenience, they’re not recommended for silk pillowcases and sheets. The intense heat from tumble drying can damage silk fibers, while the chemicals used in dry cleaning can deteriorate the fabric’s natural properties. Instead, opting for air drying on a drying rack preserves the integrity and beauty of your silk bedding.


After washing, laying your silk pillowcases flat on a drying rack is the best way to dry them. This method allows air to circulate around the fabric, speeding up the drying process without exposing the silk to direct sunlight or heat. Ensure the drying rack is positioned in a well-ventilated area to prevent any moisture buildup.


Pro Tips for Silk Care


  • Never expose Silk Pillowcase to water temperatures above 30°C.
  • Avoid bleach and fabric softeners which can damage the silk fibers.
  • If you opt to use a dryer, choose a no-heat air cycle.
  • It’s best to wash Silk Pillowcase prior to their first use to enhance their softness.
  • Steaming can eliminate wrinkles without direct heat contact.


Avoiding Common Mistakes When Washing Silk Pillowcases


Be wary of:

  • Refrain from using hot water, which can harm the silk.
  • Always use a mesh bag during machine washing for protection.
  • Never rub silk harshly; it can lead to material damage.
  • Do not wring silk; it can distort the shape and damage the fibers.
  • Avoid drying silk in direct sunlight to prevent fading and weakening of fibers.


Final Thoughts and Recommendations


With the right care, your Silk Pillowcase will remain a luxurious staple in your bedroom for years. Remember to wash them at least once a week to maintain their pristine quality.

For storage, hang them on wide-bar hangers, avoiding clips to prevent imprints. For long-duration storage, a breathable garment bag is perfect.
Ready for more silk wonders? Dive into MANITO’s exclusive range of silk home collections. Enhance your sleep and home aesthetics with the best that silk has to offer. Shop Now.

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