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How to wash silk?

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7 simple tips for washing your silk 

Silk is an investment in your sleep, health and beauty. 

Follow these care instructions to ensure the silk's natural properties are maintained.  

  1. Do: Use a 'delicate' pH neutral liquid detergent that's designed for silk/wool.
  2. Do: Turn inside out and machine-wash on a delicate cycle in tepid water (< 30ºC / 86ºF),  or hand-wash - keep it moving don't leave to soak. We recommend using a delicates laundry bag.
  3. Do: To dry, reshape and place silk item flat between two cotton towels and press gently. Excess water will transfer into the towels. Reshape and hang / line dry in the shade.
  4. Do: Use handheld steamer to relax creases if required (using silk attachment), or iron on low heat inside out whilst still slightly damp to relax creases.
  5. You can: Dry clean if required (no trichloroethylene).
  6. Do not: Use bleach, whiteners or fabric softeners.
  7. Do not: Wring or tumble dry.

Read on for detailed care instructions for each product. 


Machine Washing
Your MayfairSilk fabrics can be machine-washed inside out (on a delicate cycle), or hand-washed in cool-warm water (less than 30ºC or 86ºF).

We recommend using a delicates laundry bag for extra protection in the washing machine. 

Silk Washing Detergent - pH neutral, without enzymes
This is very important. You MUST use a detergent designed for use with silk/wool. They are pH neutral, without enzymes and without optical brighteners. 

The enzymes in standard washing detergents attack proteins on fabric during washing to dislodge it, however silk (like wool) is a protein fibre, so these enzymes attack the structure of the fabric and quickly damage/weaken it, reducing the life, sheen, suppleness and softness.

When using a delicate detergent designed for silk/wool, your MayfairSilk bed linen will provide the ultimate in comfort for many many years to come.

One last word about washing - keep the fabric softener for your cottons. Fabric softeners will clog the silk fibres and reduce its lustre and natural suppleness.

MayfairSilk dries remarkably quickly on the line. Upon removing your silk from washing, do not wring, gently squeeze some of the excess water.

Silk is a strong fabric but it loses 30% of its strength when wet, so taking a little extra care when wet will ensure it lasts for many years. 

Lay some clean light coloured cotton towels on the floor and place your MayfairSilk product on top and gently roll in a log-like fashion, allowing any air to escape so it doesn't get trapped inside and cause a ballooning effect, which may damage the seams. Gently squeeze, do not wring.  Unravel, reposition the silk and repeat (if necessary for bed linen) before hanging your MayfairSilk to dry outside in the shade or inside out of direct sunlight.

Creases from drying will relax after a few days use, but if you want a freshly ironed look, it's best to iron inside out on a cool setting while still slightly damp (not completely dry).

This will relax the creases and enhance the lustre. Alternatively, you can use steamer with the silk attachment. We recommend the Fridja Steamer F10 (hand-held, easy to use, and high quality consistent steam which can also be used horizontally. Make sure to use the silk attachment).

Dry Cleaning
Always an option, but we find unnecessary (do not to use trichloroethylene).

MayfairSilk Deep Sleep Eye Mask


Your MayfairSilk Deep Sleep Eye Mask will provide many years of use when you follow these simple care instructions:

  • We recommend hand-washing your silk sleep mask in cool-warm water (less than 30ºC or 86ºF) using only a delicate pH neutral liquid detergent without enzymes like Ecover Delicate or others designed for silk products. This is probably the most important element to maximise the life span of the silk as the enzymes in standard washing detergents attack proteins on fabric during washing to dislodge it, however as silk is created from natural proteins, these enzymes attack the silk structure and quickly damage the fabric, reducing the life, sheen, suppleness and softness in short order.
  • When it comes to drying your sleep mask we recommend air drying in the shade. Do not wring or tumble dry. For faster drying you can place on a clean and dry cotton old towel and gently press. The silk will quickly transfer the excess water into the cotton and will air dry quite quickly. Reshape and hang in the shade.

MayfairSilk is hypo-allergenic, dust mite resistant, anti-mould and anti-bacterial. Our bed linen and lifestyle products require less frequent cleaning than regular fabrics, as they don't absorb moisture, sweat and dirt deep into the fibre so it doesn't become a breeding ground for bacteria and dust-mites like cotton.

Unlike traditional silk, MayfairSilk is made using a special weave in a heavier weight, making it more durable and machine-washable with a gorgeous matte finish and supple hand feel.

"Buy well, buy once. Quality lasts."