Sustainable practices are multiplying to fight against textile over-consumption: second-hand purchases, clothing rental or conversion to ethical brands, our habits are changing, the features of our wardrobes are expanding. Qualitative pieces are gradually replacing those of fast fashion, thus causing a change in our linen care habits. And yes, our beautiful acquisitions deserve a very particular attention if we wish to prolong their life…
Silk, as refined as it is fragile, is no exception to the rule. Whether it is produced by famous brands or by more prestigious craftsmen, a silk scarf is pampered on a daily basis. Step by step, here’s how to take care of it to reduce its ecological impact but above all, enjoy it for as long as possible!
Even if the labels affixed to textiles cause itching and often end up being cut off with scissors, they are nonetheless full of useful information. Before venturing into any kind of cleaning, the user’s first reflex should be to decipher them and follow the recommendations.
After making sure that it is really a silk scarf (some acrylic or viscose synthetics may look like it), the perilous exercise of cleaning can begin.
If the label on the silk scarf mentions dry-cleaning, go to the dry cleaners without any other alternative. If washing with water is recommended, then prefer a gentle hand wash rather than a meeting with the washing machine drum.
Fill a basin with lukewarm water, add a dose of special silk detergent or a dab of shampoo. Gently dip the silk cloth into it and rub it gently with your hands without using a brush. The operation will not exceed 5 minutes because this natural material does not like prolonged immersion in water.
Grandma’s tip: To revive the slightly tarnished colours of a silk scarf, add a few drops of white vinegar or lemon to the cold rinse water.
Wringing and drying
A silk scarf does not wring out! Form a ball in the palm of your hands and blot excess water by rolling it up in a towel.
Opt for air drying, but do not expose it to direct sunlight, which could alter the brilliance of the colors. Prefer a dry and shady place, indoors or outdoors, it is important to keep it away from any heat source.
In order to avoid any risk of deforming the noble fabric, avoid drying it on a hanger or hanging it directly on the threads of the hanger, a silk scarf should preferably be dried flat.
Grandma’s tip: Take a dry terry towel and delicately place the silk scarf on it; the soft sponge will absorb water more quickly and avoid the formation of creases.
Iron on the reverse side without applying too much pressure. The iron should be set at a low temperature, free of steam, as excess water could cause unsightly wrinkles in the middle of the scarf.
Grandma’s tip: A well ironed silk scarf is a scarf that is ironed before it is completely dry! Still wet, the sole of the iron will slip off more easily and will also reduce the risk of burning the silk.
If, despite all these recommendations, you still can’t manage to take the plunge for fear of damaging it, you can always call upon the services of Hermès Care. Experienced craftsmen take care of cleaning, routing, shrinking or Dip Dyeing to refurbish the silk squares. A unique top-of-the-range know-how, at the service of rescuing exceptional silk scarves.