How to Care for Mulberry Silk

November 27, 2018

Mulberry silk is a positively luxurious material that makes a good night of sleep possible. In addition to its silky feel, it’s breathable, lightweight, and temperature-regulating. And even though it’s naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to bed pests (like dust mites and bed bugs), there are times, of course, when you’ll want to clean your lightweight comforter or satin-trimmed blanket. After all, you do spend an average of eight hours per day within the comfort of your bed, so you’re going to need to fresh the linens every now and again. Mulberry silk, however, must be treated with a little extra care to preserve its features and luxurious feel. In this blog, we’ll walk through the details of caring for your king size or queen size lightweight comforter and blankets.

DO’s

  • DO take your linens outside and gently shake them to release dust, dead skin, and other particles that naturally collect on bedding while you sleep.
  • DO hang your bedding out in the sunshine for the most natural refresh possible. The light from the sun will whiten the cotton shell, and it will also refresh the silk filling. Choose a time of day when sunlight is strongest and leave your bedding on the line for a few hours.
  • DO spot treat the shell of your king size or queen size lightweight comforter/blanket when it is lightly soiled. The gentlest solution to do this with is warm water with a small amount of white vinegar mixed in. Make sure you do not oversaturate the area with water; start with a light dab and gently rub the spot in a circular motion to cleanse it away.

DO send your silk bedding to a dry cleaner if it becomes heavily soiled. They are professionals who will know how to best care for your bedding without interfering with the integrity of the material. Make sure the drycleaner avoids heat, chlorine, fabric softeners, and alkaline-based or petroleum-based cleaners.

DONT’S

  • DON’T try to wash your king size OR queen size silk bedding (or blanket, for that matter) in the washing machine. Even if you have a “dry clean” or “gentle wash” setting, it’s best to leave this job to the dry cleaners if you feel that hanging it out in the sun isn’t getting the job done. The washing machine and dryer can shrink the silk filling and pull it into the center creating a big clumpy mess.
  • DON’T use bleach or any kind of harsh detergent. Reminder: mulberry silk doesn’t need any chemicals when it’s being processed, so it’s never been exposed to chemicals when you receive it as your bedding. Therefore, chemicals in bleach or detergent could strip its protective fibers and proteins, ruining the integrity of the silk.
  • DON’T wring the silk when you’re trying to dry it. You shouldn’t be using enough water for spot treatment to need to wring it out, but just in case you use a bit too much, remember to never wring it out. You could damage the silk and make it shrink. The sun is truly your best friend in cleansing your silk bedding!

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