Silk is one of the finest fabrics produced in the textile industry and is very delicate. Being a natural textile, it is prone to easy wear and tear, costing you time, money, and hassle. But if you care enough and treat your silk sarees in the right manner, they can live on for years, without losing their lustre or strength.
Follow this three-step method to keep your favourite silk sarees shining and looking good as brand new year after year-
- If you are buying silk sarees online, follow the washing instructions provided in the package. Or if you are buying from a store, always ask for a washing guide for the particular fabric.
- Never wash a silk saree in a washing machine. Either run a mild hand wash or take it to a dry cleaner. If you must wash the saree at home, do a patch test with a small corner (preferably from the inside part) and see if the colour bleeds or the fabric shrinks.
- Always use cold water and a mild detergent and avoid soaking in the fabric for too long.
- Never run a washing brush on silk. It can cause the zari or the weaving to come off.
- If your saree has stains, try washing with cold water first. If that fails, get it dry cleaned.
- Never dry a silk saree in direct sunlight, since the harsh heat can cause the threads to become brittle and reduce the textile’s lifespan.
- Always use a dry iron and not a steam one. Place the silk saree between two pieces of white cloth (like muslin or cotton) and iron at the minimum possible temperature.
- Once the ironed saree is cooled, put it in a cloth bag or inside a cotton bedsheet/old saree and store in a dark, dry place. You can use mothballs to keep bugs away.
- Never store silk with metal embellishments or zari work in plastic covers, since plastic collects humidity and causes discolouration of the metal parts.
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