Hand Washing Silks
Silk charmeuse and crepe de chine are favorites for clothing because they feel so luxurious and drape so well.
These two silks can be hand washed using 1 tablespoon of shampoo in a sink basin full of water for light colors. To prevent bleeding in dark colors, add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts to the shampoo wash.
Prints can sometimes be hand washed, but often the color bleeds. Cut off a strip of the fabric and hand launder to test for bleeding. Hand wash and rinse these silks in warm water and add 1 tablespoon of hair conditioner to the rinse water to prevent static electricity. Let fabric or completed garment air dry over the shower rod until damp. Pressing is much easier if the fabric is not yet ‘bone dry’.
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