How to wash a silk pillowcase - Silk care guide NZ - The ultimate guide

When it comes to caring for mulberry silk, it's a delicate fabric that needs gentle handling. Our 100% silk pillowcases and accessories are made with the highest grade mulberry silk (grade 6A long fibre), which means that the silk is high-quality, durable, and designed to last.

Due to its delicate fibers, silk should typically only be hand washed or dry cleaned.   Our mulberry silk pillowcases can be machine-washed on a cool delicate cycle due to the quality of the silk we use. For best results, however, we recommend hand-washing silk pillowcases whenever possible. Your LOVESILK products will last longer if you hand wash them in cool water. 

Quick tips - how to a wash silk pillowcase 
• Only use a silk-friendly detergent 
• Do not mix silk products with other clothes when washing
• Do not use any bleach or fabric conditioner
• Wash in cool water (30 degrees celsius or below)
• Line dry and avoid any heat or sunlight when drying
• To keep the silky feel, iron on a silk setting after washing


Below is a step-by-step guide to follow for both hand-washing and machine-washing your mulberry silk pillowcases and silk accessories. 

MACHINE WASH INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Turn your silk pillowcase inside out and place in a protective laundry bag.
  2. Machine wash on the delicate setting  on a cold wash below 30°C
  3. Always use a pH neutral or delicate detergent. 
  4. Do not mix silk products with other clothes when washing
  5. Do not use fabric softener - Do not use bleach - Do not tumble dry
  6. Dry on a laundry stand away from direct heat 
  7. If you have a steamer, this is a great way to iron out any creases in the silk pillowcase. Alternatively, iron the silk pillowcase while still damp using a low temperature silk setting. We recommend ironing through a damp cotton cloth or using the steam setting.

HAND WASH INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Use cold water or water below 30°C
  2. Always use a pH neutral or delicate detergent
  3. Avoid fabric softener
  4. Avoid twisting and wringing excessively
  5. Hang to dry on a laundry stand away from direct heat
  6. Iron on a low heat only, for pillowcases we recommend to iron inside out
  7. We recommend to hand wash our other products including scrunchies, eye masks and face masks.
  8. If you have a steamer, this is a great way to iron out any creases in the silk pillowcase. Alternatively, iron while still damp using a low temperature silk setting. We recommend ironing through a damp cotton cloth or using a steam setting.


Washing silk is all about a gentle touch and gentle detergent to protect the fibers. Take your time and you'll be rewarded with an investment that will last you for years.

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