Along with being an absolute luxury that looks and feels fabulous, silk bedding is a wonderful investment in your health and wellness. Silk keeps hair and skin moisturized; regulates body temperature; and is naturally hypoallergenic. There’s more good news: high-quality silk bedding can be surprisingly simple to care for! Choose Heritage Park Fine Silk and Wool Detergent and your bedding from designers such as Mulberry Park, Blissy, Lilysilk, and THXSILK can easily be hand- or machine-washed.
Washing Silk: Detergent Makes the Difference
Every one of these fine silk bedding manufacturers recommends choosing a detergent specially formulated for silk, and with good reason! Silk is a natural fiber (this is part of what makes it so great for hair and skin!); washing it in detergents that are either too acidic or too alkaline will cause those fibers to harden. Along with harsh detergents, you should avoid using bleach, fabric softener, or any type of optical brightener when laundering your silk bed sheets and pillowcases. These are not good for the silk and can even discolor or damage the silk fibers. Dry cleaning silk is also not necessary. In most cases, you can wash everything from a silk pillowcase to sheets to a duvet cover either by hand or right in your machine at home; the secret is choosing a laundry soap uniquely formulated for silk such as Heritage Park Fine Silk and Wool Detergent.
Heritage Park: Made to Clean and Protect Fine Silk
Heritage Park has created the ultimate luxury laundry detergent formulated to gently and effectively clean delicate fabrics. With unique cleaning agents blended specifically for wool, silk, and other natural fibers, Heritage Park Fine Silk and Wool Detergent will clean and preserve your luxury silk bedding for years to come. It’s everything you need in a fine laundry detergent:
- CONCENTRATED formula for high efficiency, front load, and traditional top-loading washing machines. Wash more loads of laundry with every bottle.
- EFFECTIVE STAIN REMOVER - Perfectly balanced powerful cleaning ingredients are capable of removing tough odors and set-in stains while remaining gentle on your favorite linens.
- SAFE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.Heritage Park Fine Silk and Wool Detergent contains no sulfates, phosphates (optical brighteners), chlorine bleach or caustic chemicals. Heritage Park liquid laundry detergent is Biodegradable making wash water acceptable for even grey-water systems. A Neutral PH means our detergent is safer on delicate fabrics. Only necessary ingredients are used, no fillers or excess water.
- SCENT FREE. Heritage Park liquid detergent is fragrance-free and a perfect detergent for sensitive skin or those prone to an allergic reaction or skin irritation from harsh chemicals in other laundry products.
- ENZYME FREE. Detergents that contain enzymes are very effective at breaking down stains (many of which, such as food or blood, are protein based). Therefore, using enzymes fabrics such as silk or wool, both of which are protein based, will break down the integrity of their natural fibers over time. Heritage Park Silk and Wool Detergent is made to clean without these damaging enzymes.
- ETHICALLY PRODUCED.All Heritage Park Laundry Essentials products are Leaping Bunny Approved. They are 100% cruelty-free and never include ingredients tested on animals.
- VERSATILE. This specialized gentle detergent can be used to machine wash home linens and garments made not only of silk, but also wool, cashmere, fur, and other natural fibers.
Caring for Silk Sheets, Pillowcases and Bedding: An Overview
When you unbox your sheets, read and follow the care directions. You'll discover that silk is actually quite simple to care for, and requires only a bit of extra attention.
- Wash your new sheets before using, preferably by hand in cold water; a machine wash on a cold delicate cycle is also acceptable.
- Silk should always be laundered separately in a SILK-ONLY LOAD. All silk items should be washed in mesh laundry bags using a gentle detergent (preferably one formulated for silk).
- Line dry your sheets outside or hang indoors but in either case, keep them OUT OF SUNLIGHT. We don't recommend putting sheets in the dryer; if you must do so, use only the “air” setting. Silk dries quickly; check every few minutes and add only the time necessary to dry.
How to Wash Silk Bed Linen
The basics of washing silk bedding
Wash silk in a separate, silk-only, load. Turn silk pillowcases inside out before laundering, and place all silk items in fine mesh laundry bags to help keep the silk from tearing. This is particularly important if your machine has an agitator mechanism. Silk is light and delicate; it can sometimes get caught under the agitator and tear and pull. The agitator and the inside of your washing machine can also have tiny nicks, burrs, and rough edges caused by other laundry items like zippers or buttons. A mesh laundry bag will help protect your sheets from damage.
- Always launder silk separately in a 'silk-only' load
- Turn pillowcases inside out
- Use mesh laundry bags when washing your silk bedding
Best wash cycle for silk
Wash silk in cold water. Temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius) can damage silk significantly. It is best to wash all silk products in cold water. Don't use bleach, which will harm the fabric and cause it to yellow, or fabric softener which can leave residue on the fabric. The natural thread fibers of silk and our specialized charmeuse weaving technique create the softest silk available. Fabric softener and dryer sheets are unnecessary and will leave an unpleasant residue on the fabric. Pre-treat any stains with fabric wash prior to laundering.
- Wash sheets and pillowcases in cold water
- No bleach or fabric softener
- Pre-treat stains with fabric wash prior to laundering.
How to hand-wash silk pillowcases and silk sheets
You can absolutely hand wash your silk sheets and pillowcases. In fact, hand washing is preferable to dry cleaning. Wash your silk items by themselves in cold water. Use only a gentle laundry soap formulated for silk. Submerge items and gently agitate with your hand; don't rub or scrub. Thoroughly rinse out all soap.
How to dry silk pillowcases and silk sheets
Never wring out your silk items. Roll them in white towels to blot, or lay white towels out on the bed and blot sheets on top of them. Line or hang dry your silk -- outdoors or inside -- to preserve the fabric. Use a clothesline, a non-slip hanger, or a drying rack out of direct sunlight. Never put silk in direct sunlight, outdoors or inside. Exposure to sunlight can damage the silk fibers and may cause colors to fade, especially in darker colored silk.
Avoid wooden drying racks that can leech dyes or stains into silk. Your silk should dry in about 45 minutes depending on temperature and conditions. Don't put silk items in the dryer. Heat can damage delicate silk fibers. If the dryer is absolutely necessary, use only an 'air' setting and tumble dry for 15 minutes or less with NO fabric sheets or dryer balls. Remove sheets before completely dry.
- Don't wring or twist silk - blot with white towel instead
- Line or hang dry AWAY from sunlight
- Avoid direct sunlight -- indoors or out
- Don't use dryer
Ironing is not always necessary. All silk products wrinkle after washing, but the threads will start to relax and straighten after a few nights' uses. If you prefer to iron, we recommend ironing just your pillowcases (since they're all that show!) on the lowest setting available.
Always iron sparingly, only on the coolest setting with sheets and pillowcases inside out. A light steam will enable the iron to glide smoothly over the fabric. You can also place a cloth between the iron and your silk item.
- Ironing not always necessary
- Consider just pillowcases
- Iron sparingly, coolest setting, inside out
How to Store Silk Bedding
Store silk carefully in breathable plastic bags, away from direct sunlight, with moth repellent lavender sachets or cedar balls.
- Breathable bag
- Away from sunlight
- Lavender sachets/cedar balls
About Heritage Park Laundry Essentials
Here at Heritage Park, caring for fine fabric is our passion. As lifelong collectors of luxury sheets, towels and table linens, we found that while many of the commercially available “gentle detergents” could still harm fabrics, or they didn’t get the job done, leaving tough stains such as lipstick, coffee, gravy, and salad oil stains. We believed we could do better and decided to fill that need. After more than a year of intensive research and product development, we created Heritage Park Laundry Essentials.
Our unique formulations have the perfect balance of powerful, yet safe, ingredients to remove tough, set-in stains while remaining gentle on clothing, bedding, towels, synthetic fabrics, and even heirloom linens. Heritage park contains NO sulfates, dyes, phosphates, chlorine, bleach, or caustics. It has a neutral pH and our Original Fragrance-Free wash has been dermatologist and pediatrician approved for those with sensitive skin or allergies. It is biodegradable and is Leaping Bunny approved to be 100% cruelty-free and never tested on animals. Suitable for regular and HE machines, and proudly made in the United States.
Thank you for visiting us here at Heritage Park! We are delighted to have you as a client and welcome your feedback, questions, and comments. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll-free at 800-977-1841. We’re here and ready to chat with you about all things linen- and laundry-related!