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How to Wash Silk and Raw Silk

To care for delicate silk or raw silk clothing:

  • Consult the garment care label
  • Silk marked “Dry Clean Only” should not be washed
  • Washing silk which is deeply coloured is risky as the colours may run
  • For washable silk garments, do a warm hand wash in a detergent for delicates or wool
  • Use a warm iron when the fabric is still slightly and evenly damp
  • With raw silk cool, iron when dry



Trimmings on garments can affect how they are washed or which product is used. For example, if a garment has a leather collar the care label may say “Dry Clean Only” even if the rest of the garment is washable.

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