How to Restore Shine and Softness to Silk

How to Restore Shine and Softness to Silk

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Silk is luxuriously soft and smooth, but over time and after washing, you may find that your silk pieces become dull and lose their brilliance. One of the questions we get asked most often, is “how do I restore my silk pillowcase’s shine?” – but fear not, if you’ve followed all our instructions for How to Wash a Silk Pillowcase, then your pillowcase isn’t ruined and can still be revived!

To restore some of the shine and softness that's been lost, you can give your silk pieces a mild white vinegar bath. White vinegar helps to remove any residual soap in the fibres, and also restores lustre and softness to silk. The instructions below are written for silk pillowcases, but they also apply to silk crib sleeves, silk sheets etc… as well.

1. In a clean basin, mix 1/4 cup (2 fl oz) of white vinegar with around 4 litres or 1 gallon of water. Silk doesn’t like heat, so only use cold to lukewarm water (< 30°C / 86°F) when washing and rinsing.

2. Submerge your silk pillowcase into the water and gently swirl it around for a couple of minutes, agitating the vinegar mixture to make sure it penetrates into the fabric thoroughly.

3. Pour out the vinegar mixture and rinse your silk pillowcase in cool water multiple times until all the vinegar smell is gone. Remember never to twist or wring silk, only gently squeeze out the water between rinses.

4. Gently squeeze out any excess water (again, don’t twist or wring!), then dry your silk pillowcase out of direct sunlight, either by hanging it up or laying it flat. Never place it on a wooden hanger or wooden surface that can possibly transfer color to the silk. To dry your silk pillowcase even faster, lay down a soft, thick towel on a flat surface, and place the pillowcase on top. Then, begin to roll the towel, gently pressing down as you do so. After the excess water has been pressed out into the towel, it will now be much faster to air dry or flat dry your pillowcase.

An alternative to the vinegar bath, is to give your silk pillowcase some extra love by getting it dry cleaned. This method delivers the best results of all, and restores the silk’s lustre so it’s as soft and shiny as it was on day 1! As it can be time consuming and expensive to get your silk pillowcase dry cleaned frequently, consider taking it to the dry cleaners just once or twice a year to revive the silk fibres. You can hand wash or machine wash your silk pillowcase at home and use vinegar baths to restore some shine inbetween dry cleans. For full instructions on how best to hand wash or machine wash your silk pillowcase, see How to Wash a Silk Pillowcase.


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