How to Care for Silk Garments March 16 2017

At the Wool Shop, spring means silk!

It's spring, and that means silky, flowy fabrics are here waiting for the snow to melt (it has to happen soon, right? RIGHT?)

Real Wool Shop Spring Silk TopOnce you pick yourself up a gorgeous silk garment (like our new silk v-necks with sweet batwing style sleeves), how do you make it last?

"Dry Clean" vs "Dry Clean Only

Make sure you always check the label - no exceptions! If you're wondering if an item is dry clean only, check with our staff and we'll be happy to help.

If a label says "Dry Clean," the manufacturer is suggesting that dry cleaning is the best way to clean your garment, but it may not be the only way. 

If it says "Dry Clean Only," you should definitely ONLY dry clean that garment - there's no getting out of it.

Passing the Color Fast Test

Silk colors tend to bleed easily, so make sure you test for colorfastness by dabbing a drop of mild laundry detergent mixed with water on a hidden seam using a cotton swab. If you see color bleeding (usually with bright prints), off to the dry cleaners with you.

Washing in Cold Water by Hand

If you've determined your colors won't bleed, you can fill a clean sink or small bucket or basin with cold water and a small amount of gentle liquid detergent. Swirl it around for 3-5 minutes and rinse well. 

Gently squeeze out the extra water - never wring out or twist silk garments.

Avoiding Heat

real wool shop silk tops

Don't put your silk garments in the dryer. Instead, lay your silk across a clean towel and roll it up to soak up any extra moisture. Unroll, repeat, and use a drying rack to air dry the rest of the way.


If the tag says you can iron the garment, use a low setting while the silk is still slightly damp.