Silk is a characteristic natural material of the Vietnamese fabric industry. Because of that natural feature, silk is often quite “difficult” in using, washing and preserving. In this article, Nam An Craft will guide you how to wash silk and how to preserve silk so that the outfits are always beautiful and new!
1/ How to wash silk fabrics
To preserve the silk clothes from being crumpled, discolored or any deformation occurs, while washing the laundry, please pay attention to the following points in how to wash the silk fabric:
Do not wash the silk with hot water
Silk fabrics are not suitable for hot water, so do not wash them or soak them in hot water.
Silk fabric wash temperature should not be too high or too low. 30 degrees C – 40 degrees C is the ideal temperature for washing or ironing silk fabrics.
The best way to wash silk fabrics is hand washing.
In general, the best way to preserve a silk that’s durable and fresh is to wash by hand and don’t use excessive force to crumple or squeeze the water. However, if you don’t have time, you can still machine wash. When using the washing machine to wash ao dai with silk fabric or any kind of silk garment, choose the lightest wash (Delicate) or hand wash mode on the machine. These are smart features of the latest washing technologies and help you wash and preserve the best silk.
Use a gentle laundry solution when washing silk fabrics
Strong detergents lose the texture of the silk fibers, causing them to rot and deteriorate quickly. Instead of using detergent with other clothes, you can wash the silk clothes with bath soap, or baby shampoo.
2/ How to preserve silk costumes
The way to preserve silk fabrics is not to dry under intense sunlight
After washing it with mild detergent, you should not wring it out, just squeeze it gently and then hang the clothes on the hook. To preserve the beautiful and soft silk fabric, you need to avoid drying the fabric in harsh sunlight. This will cause the fabric to become brittle, hard and quickly discolor and fading.
Do not choose too high a temperature when ironing or silk fabrics
This is a stage that requires a lot of patience for the operator. With silk fabrics, you should only set the temperature of the iron to warm. Do not be anxious to do quick ironing, but turn on the large temperature, which will burn clothes.
As a tip, go for silk when they’re slightly damp. This means that after washing the silk fabric and drying it slightly, you should take it in and iron immediately and preserve it. Note, remember to iron on the left side of the fabric. In addition, for the silk outfit, you should prioritize the use of a steam iron for quick results and preserve the beauty of silk.
Roll up the silk fabric and store it in a separate bag for storage
Silk costumes are mostly dresses or skirts, so the number of uses are not too much. To preserve the best clothes, roll them neatly and put them in a clean paper bag before organizing your wardrobe.
Paper bags will help the fabric to be ventilated and not to sweat or develop any problem of odor. This is also a way to preserve silk that is widely used by many people, because it helps the clothes stay soft and dust-free during long storage.
Note: Please note that you should not weigh to create folds that damage the silk fabric. Make a curl in a curled shape to save space and preserve the shape of the silk.
Silk outfits are really beautiful and respectful for the wearer, so take a moment to learn about how to preserve the silk and wash it so that it stays fresh and keeps the form for a long time. Nam An Craft wishes you always have beautiful and splendid costumes!
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