Silk is the best type of natural fabric that can come in contact with your skin and hair. The question that arises when purchasing a silk pillowcase is How do I wash silk pillowcases? or Can I wash my silk pillowcase in the washing machine? It is possible. In this article, we will answer these questions.
How to Wash a Silk Pillowcase?
Follow these simple steps to wash your silk pillowcase.
1. Hand wash or Machine Wash?
Generally, people recommend hand-washing or dry-cleaning silk because of its delicate nature. However, since many people do not have time to do these, they prefer to wash in the machine. So, silk pillowcases can either be washed by hand or in the washer.
A good measure to decide is the density of your silk fabric. If your silk fabric has a Momme count of more than 20, you can safely wash it in the washing machine. If the momme count is less than 20, you should prefer hand washing.
What is Momme
Momme (also called ‘moe-mie’ like ‘mommy’) is the standard unit of measurement that is used to measure silk weight and quality. It expresses the weight (in pounds) of a piece of material sized 45 inches by 100 yards. The higher the momme, the denser and more durable the silk weave will be to withstand all those laundry washes.
Momme ranges from a minimum weight of 6 momme to a maximum weight of 30 momme. The higher the momme, the heavier and more durable the silk will be. Also, when there’s an increase in momme, there’s an increase in price.
2. Be sensitive
Do not wash your pillowcases at high temperatures to prevent the fibers from fraying. Silk in particular is easily damaged. When washing your silk pillowcases, always keep the temperature below 80 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius). Don’t use bleach or fabric softener.
Turn the silk pillowcase inside out, place it in a mesh laundry bag or inside an old pillowcase and wash with a delicate laundry detergent. Detergents containing heavy chemicals can only disrupt the structure of silk. There are also special detergents for silk in the market, you can choose these detergents. For example The Laundress – Laundry Detergent for Delicates
Wash only your silk and other delicate items and beware of items with sharp items such as zippers or hooks. Run your machine on the shortest possible program to avoid any damage.
3. Air drying is the Best
Do not try to squeeze the silk pillow by twisting it. This can cause intense wrinkling. It’s always good to be extra careful when handling silk, so keep it out of direct sunlight while air-drying.
Yes, you can iron your silk pillowcases. Most irons have the silk setting. If your ut does not have such a setting, use the lowest setting possible. Take care of the soleplate of your iron and make sure there are no stains on it.
Iron the backside to avoid damaging the shiny side. You can even use a thin cotton cloth as a barrier between your iron and silk fabric.
How Often Should You Wash Your Silk Pillow Cover?
Wash your silk pillowcases as often as needed, as do all bedding in general. Get multiple silk pillowcases to avoid washing the same pillowcases repeatedly. This, in turn, can contribute to less wear and tear on your silk pillowcases.
Silk pillowcases really require more love and care than other pillowcases. But isn’t it a small price to pay for a luxurious and comfortable night’s sleep?
After all these washings, we believe you deserve to rest like Sleeping Beauty tonight. Enjoy your beauty sleep. Sweet Dreams!