Luxury Fabric Profile: How to Clean Your Silk Scarves

As we mentioned in our article “6 Luxury Clothing Cleaning Hacks,” it is possible to wash your silk goods in the comfort of your own home. All you need is patience, efficiency, and the right household products. And, though this post will focus specifically on the care of silk scarves, you can use the washing and pressing processes described to also treat silk clothing.*

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Cleaning Silk Scarves

The key to safely cleaning your Hermes or Chanel scarves is timing. You MUST complete every step in the cleaning process, from pretreating the stain to washing and rinsing it, in under 10 minutes. This prevents the dye from loosening up in the silk and bleeding. Pretreat stains using a cotton ball soaked with your cleaning product of choice. Make sure to DAB onto the stain, never rub, otherwise the motion will damage the silk and ruin its signature soft texture. Next, soak the scarf in tepid water with a drop of “The Laundress,” a luxury fabric detergent, and a “Shout Color Catcher” if the silk in question is multicolored.
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Drying Silk Scarves

Place the wet, washed scarf open on an old, clean bath towel and roll it up gently, squeezing off the excess water. Then, lay it open on a drying rack. A silk scarf should dry in under half an hour. If the stain remains on the item, repeat the whole cleaning process again. Always start with a dry scarf, until the stain is gone.

Pressing Silk Scarves

Before beginning, make sure the iron is clean of any residue that may scratch the fabric surface. Layer a clean, white thin piece of fabric, such as a flat-ironed bed sheet, over the silk scarf on the ironing board. Keep both items as flat as possible. Turn the iron to the silk setting, or a setting slightly higher if available, to ensure that the heat penetrates the sheet. You may need to slowly increase the heat if the wrinkles are not coming out. Never press down on a hand-rolled hem, only iron up to the roll.

After the scarf is as smooth as possible, spray it with a “sizing” spray to ensure it recovers its glossy, silky feel. (Sizing spray can be found near the spray starch in stores or online and looks almost the same.) Test the spray in your shower or sink to observe how strong it comes out before spraying it back and forth over the back of the scarf. Do not spray directly onto the front, printed side of the scarf. Continue to iron the scarf, using the fabric sheet between the iron and silk item, until it regains its original luster.

We hope these steps help you remove old stains and refresh your favorite silk scarves just in time for fall!

*Please note: we do not take responsibility for at-home cleaning processes that do not work out. Implement at your own risk.*

Luxury Fabric Profile: How to Make Cashmere Sweaters Look Brand New

Fall is approaching! It’s only a matter of time before you swap out your summer cotton and linens for your favorite cashmere sweaters, wraps, and scarves. Here are the steps you can undertake at home to get your cashmere sweaters looking brand new again.*
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De-pilling Cashmere

Before you can properly wash your cashmere sweaters, you must remove any signs of pilling using a battery-operated shaver. The non-motorized devices that drag over the garment, such as a razor, end up further damaging the item in the long run. The dragging motion used to cut off the pilled cashmere is the same motion that caused the wear in the first place. We recommend that you prolong the life of your sweaters by investing in a motorized sweater shaver with a smooth cover, such as the “Evercare Fabric Shaver.” This will help to protect your cashmere while de-pilling.

Cleaning Cashmere

Just as with silk scarves, the key to safely cleaning your cashmere is timing– try to complete every step in the cleaning process, from pretreating the stain to washing and rinsing it, in under 10 minutes. If your sweater is stained, pretreat the stain with a cleaning product of your choice before washing it. DO NOT rub the fabric together, as cleaning product directions often suggest, for this will create more pilling. Instead, place a drop of the cleaning product on the pad of your thumb and index finger and “mush” the stained section between your fingers. Make sure to saturate the mark entirely.

Next, situate the cashmere sweater in a basin of tepid water mixed with drops of either “The Laundress” or “Woolite” and gently agitate it until it is completely soaked through with the cleaner-water solution. Pay special attention to the neckline, cuffs, bottom hem, and underarm area to ensure that they are fully soaked.
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Drying Cashmere

After roughly 9 minutes of soaking, carefully pull the sweater out of the water while simultaneously squeezing out excess water. Lay the dripping cashmere flat on a clean, dry towel, careful not to overstretch it beyond its natural shape. Finally, roll the sweater up in the towel and lightly squeeze out the remaining excess water. Then, drape it on a rack to dry.

We hope these steps help you extend the life of your cashmere sweaters for many years to come!

*Please note: we do not take responsibility for at-home cleaning processes that do not work out. Implement at your own risk.*

6 Luxury Clothing Cleaning Hacks

Deodorant marks on your LBD? Foundation stains on the collar of your new white blouse? De-puffed puffer jackets? With years of industry experience, we’ve learned a thing or two about cleaning and maintaining luxury clothes. Here are a few trade secrets you can use in your own home to keep your wardrobe looking fierce and smelling fresh.*

  1. Refresh Your Feathers

  2. After washing your down coat or vest on delicate or any cool-water setting on your washing machine, toss a couple of tennis balls into the dryer. This will fluff up the down and prevent it from clumping, keeping you extra warm and cozy this winter.

  3. Give Your Clothes a Helping Hand

  4. If your hand-washed items, especially silk, cotton, or wool items, lose their original soft or flowy feel after air-drying, don’t be afraid to throw them in the dryer on delicate for 5 minutes. Add a dry towel to the mix so your items come out feeling as luxurious and as textured as the day you bought them.

  5. Save Your Silks

  6. We recommend washing your soiled silk scarves and clothes with “The Laundress,” our favorite luxury fabric detergent. But, here’s the catch: you MUST complete all the steps listed on the bottle—pretreating the stain, hand-washing the item and rinsing it— in under 10 minutes. This prevents the dye from loosening up in the silk and bleeding. If your silk piece has multiple colors, throw in a “Shout Color Catcher,” which traps loose dye and dirt in the wash, as a safety net for stress-free cleaning. You can find both “The Laundress” and “Shout Color Catcher” on Amazon or at Target.

  7. Make Up For Your Makeup Stains

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    Our favorite cleaning products.

    Makeup wipes are not just for your face! Use them to also remove cosmetic residue from the collars of your favorite shirts and dresses. Also, be sure to frequently rotate the wipe so only clean sections are making contact with your clothes.

  9. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

  10. One of our must-have gadgets in the store is a deodorant remover sponge: it is the quickest and easiest way to rub those white marks right off your dark-colored items and costs no more than $7 at your local drugstore. We love the “Hollywood Fashion Secrets Deodorant Removing Sponge,” found on Amazon. If that isn’t enough, or the item in question is knit, you can also try a baby wipe to safely scrub off the stain. Bonus Tip: Baby wipes are also excellent for safely scrubbing off most food, makeup, and dirt stains found on the interior lining of your favorite handbags!

  11. Treat Your Clothes AND Your Nose

  12. Interior of a Prada bag before and after cleaning with a baby wipe!

    Sprinkle a couple drops of a refreshing essential oil to your steamer water. We like to use orange or grapefruit in our steamer water. Mix and match oils to find the perfect scent for you!

    We know firsthand that the value of a luxury good is almost entirely contingent on the condition it is in. By adopting some (or all!) of our hacks into your cleaning routine, you can keep your high-end pieces looking as chic and spotless as the day you bought them.

*Please note: we do not take responsibility for at-home cleaning processes that do not work out. Implement at your own risk.*