CARING FOR YOUR
DENYSE SAUNDERS RESORTWEAR
Silk is a delicate fabric and should be handled with care.
However, it is fairly easy to clean. It has a naturally tendency to release dirt quickly.
Cleaning and washing silk is surprisingly easy if certain precautions are observed.
Correct care will insure that your silk products will last for years without losing their quality.
Care of Silk Fabric: General Precautions
- Silk is a natural protein fibre. Do not use chlorine bleach to clean silk; chlorine will damage the silk fabric
- Avoid drying silk in direct sunlight as sunlight for a prolonged period will damage the silk fabric
- Substances containing alcohol will damage silk fabric. So let your perfume and hairspray dry before dressing
Hand Washing Silk
- Optimal silk care will ensure longer and lustrous life of the garment. We, therefore, recommend hand washing silk.
- Please do not machine wash
- If you have hard water, you may wish to first add a spoonful of borax to the washing water
- Use lukewarm water and mild, non-alkaline soap or baby shampoo
- While rinsing, you can add a few tablespoons of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water to neutralize alkali traces and to dissolve soap residue
- Or, add a few drops of hair conditioner to the final rinse water for extra silky feel
- Soaking silk for any more than a few minutes should be avoided
- Do not use harsh detergents that contain bleaches or brighteners
- Do not wring or twist; roll in towel to extract water.
- Never soak, boil, bleach or wring Silk or leave it crumpled in a towel. Do not let Silk become too dirty before washing, as hard rubbing damages the fibres.
- Be gentle – it is the agitation from washing that causes this material to shrink. Even the gentle cycle on the washer is too rough for this delicate fabric.
Silk Care: Drying Tips
- Hang silk garments to dry. The silk garment will hold its shape
- As with any fine fabric, never use direct sunlight to dry silk clothing. Doing so can damage the silk fibre and fade the colour. Wet silk may yellow in direct sunlight or on a radiator
- Don’t use a wooden drying rack, as the dyes & finishes can leave stains
- We do not recommend drying silk in a clothes dryer since it can damage silk in two ways: (1) excessive temperature and heat dulls the silk fabric and may also shrink it (2) friction with the dryer drum might cause yarn breaks or white streaks
Silk Care: Ironing Silk
- If necessary, press the silk garment inside out while damp using cool iron setting (“Silk” setting on the iron)
- Do not wet locally as this may cause rings
- Too much heat can dull, pucker, or burn silk fabric
- Most wrinkles in silk can be removed by hanging the garment in the bathroom during a shower. Let humidity do the ironing for you!
Cleaning Silk: Wrinkle Removal Tips
- Minor silk wrinkles should disappear if the garment is hung overnight
- Stubborn wrinkles can be removed with a cool iron set on "silk"
- Better yet, hang your silk garment in the bathroom during a shower. Humidity will remove the wrinkles for you
Cleaning Silk: Silk Stain Removal
- Badly stained garments should be dry-cleaned. Do not try to remove stains with a stain remover at home; tell the dry-cleaner what caused them.
- Choose your dry-cleaner carefully. Make sure that they can care for Silk properly as some dry cleaning can shrink silk
- As with all fine fabrics, NEVER use chlorine bleach on silk, as it will erode the fibre (not to mention the fabric discoloration)
- Marks should be rubbed lightly with a sponge or brush.
- Try using lemon juice or vinegar to spot clean, but test an inconspicuous area first to test for colourfastness.
Silk Care: Travel Tips
- Pack your silk garments as you would any other clothing. Simply hang the garment after unpacking. Minor wrinkles should disappear overnight
- Better yet, hang your garment in the bathroom during a shower. The humidity will remove the wrinkles for you.
Embellishments Our unique embellished necklines are applied individually by hand.
- Each garment is unique with no two the same. With wear some crystals can come off.
- If so try and keep the piece that came off and replace back on with strong glue.
- We recommend no heat on the beading/embellishments.
- Use a mild soap or specially formulated silk shampoos
- Soak silk in luke warm water for 3-5 minutes.
- (If silk is dark or printed, do not let it soak. Just quickly wash it in cold water.)
- Gently move the fabric during soaking from side to side. (Do not wring dry!)
- Handle wet silk with even greater care as it is very delicate.
- After a maximum of 5 minutes remove silk from water and rinse the fabric with cold water adding a tea spoon of vinegar to completely rid it of the soap.
- Wrap silk in a dry towel to remove the remaining liquid. Use several layers when using dark or printed silk.
- Roll out the silk and straighten it gently at the corners
- Iron it only if necessary.
- Silk should always be ironed from the backside.
- It should always still be slightly moist. Check your iron's setting!
- Don't iron silk too hot!
Always remember that silk is a protein structure much like human hair.
Observe these considerations and you will enjoy your silk garments for a very long time!