How to Clean a Silk Comforter

A silk comforter not only looks beautiful on a bed, but it feels beautiful as well. Make sure your silk comforter stays looking attractive by taking proper care of it. Cover a silk comforter with a comforter cover during use. This cover will protect the silk comforter from stains and oils that accumulate over time. Even with the use of a cover, however, you may need to clean your silk comforter from time to time. Do this as infrequently as possible and find a professional to perform the cleaning

Prepare to sun-cure the silk comforter. Sun curing is a technique that will remove trapped moisture from within the comforter.

Hang the comforter inside the cover on a clothesline and leave it in the sun for up to two hours.

Remove from the clothesline after the time has elapsed.

Place the comforter inside the cover into a dryer. Set the dryer to the air cycle and leave the silk comforter in for 30 minutes as an alternative option to sun-curing outside.

Repeat the sun-curing process whenever the silk comforter feels heavy with moisture.

Clean the silk comforter more extensively by finding a dry cleaner that specializes in cleaning silk garments.

Remove the comforter cover when it is dirty and zip all zippers. Place it in the washing machine and set the washing machine to a cold, gentle cycle.

Remove the comforter cover from the washing machine and shake it vigorously to remove wrinkles.

Place the comforter cover into the dryer and set the dryer to a low temperature.

Remove when the dryer cycle finishes and place the silk comforter back inside the comforter cover.

Tips & Warnings
Place a comforter cover over the silk comforter to protect it.
Do not launder a silk comforter more than is necessary because washing will decrease the quality and appearance of the comforter.

How to Remove Lotion From Silk

Silk is a soft, luxurious fabric that is produced from the secretions of silkworms. Silk is also a delicate fabric that can easily be ruined if not cleaned and cared for properly. Oil-based stains, such as those from hand lotions, can be cleaned from silk garments and sheets without the need for a professional cleaning. The products required can be found at your local grocery store or in your kitchen’s pantry.

Remove any remaining lotion by wiping it away with a paper towel. Avoid smearing the lotion more and try to remove the lotion with your fingers and the paper towel.

Lay the silk piece flat onto a table or ironing board.

Sprinkle the affected area with talcum powder.

Allow the talcum powder to sit for 12 hours or overnight. The talcum will absorb any of the oils from the lotion that have been worked into the silk.

Soak a cotton ball with dry cleaning solution.

Dab at the stain with the dry cleaning solution. Do not rub the stain with the solution as this will work the stain even farther into the fabric.

Allow the solution to sit for two to three minutes. Remove the solution by dabbing at it with a cotton ball that has been soaked with plain water.

How to Iron Silk Fabric

Despite its reputation as a dry-clean-only fabric, silk has tough fibers that can stand up to ironing, which means a big savings over getting your garments dry cleaned. You may use an iron directly on silk fabric and a steam setting on heavier silk fabrics. The sheen that develops on silk fabric is a reaction between the silk fiber and heat from the iron, so silk manufacturers recommend ironing on a low heat setting.

Iron the garment or fabric inside out (or wrong side up), or lightly press the silk using the iron through a press cloth placed over the right side of the fabric.

Hang the garment on a clothes hanger to cool down before wearing or storing

Tips & Warnings

Silk clothing that cannot be turned inside out (such as neckties) should be ironed using a press cloth over the fabric surface.

Always test iron silk in an inconspicuous spot before ironing the whole garment.

Do not allow water from the iron to get onto the silk fabric to avoid water stains.

Ironing silk on a high setting can damage and weaken the fabric.

How to Clean Yellowed Silk

Silk fabric is made from natural, protein-based threads. This delicate, luxurious fabric requires special cleaning methods to maintain its quality and color. Silk can turn yellow for various reasons, such as exposure to perspiration, extended storage time and improper cleaning methods. Although most silk garments are labeled “dry clean only,” you can wash 100 percent silk fabric at home with gentle products and special care.

Tip
Test a hidden area for colorfastness before washing.

Warning
Do not use regular laundry detergent, enzyme-based cleaners or chlorine bleach on silk.

Do not allow silk items to air-dry to prevent yellowing.

Do not spot-clean silk, as it can change the fabric’s color and leave permanent marks.

What Is Vegetarian Silk Or Peace Silk?

Woollens and silks keep you warm and looking elegant through the winter months! The onset of summer requires packing away of woollens and silks until the next winter season. Here is a step by step guide on how to protect your woollen and silk garments the natural way. But before that you need to understand why these clothing need an extra bit of precaution while storing.

Understand the need to pack woollens and silk properly

Ever wondered why you have to pack your woollen and silk clothes in a special manner? There are many reasons; and the same are explained below –

• Garments made from silk and wool don’t come cheap. It would cost you a tidy sum if you were to buy winter wear at the beginning of every cold season. It is therefore better to be prudent and store them well so they can be used again in the next season. Unless of course you don’t mind spending big bucks on an entire new wardrobe.
• Silk and wool are both natural fibers. Clothes made from natural fibers are vulnerable to infestation by clothes moths. Clothes moths are of different kinds and they all destroy silk and woollen fabrics. It is actually the moth larvae that feed on these fabrics if safety measures have not been taken to preserve them properly. The larvae eat the clothes, leaving small holes there by destroying the clothes, making them unfit for use.

Preparation before storing garments

Garments cannot be stored away as they are. You will be inviting trouble if the clothes are not properly cleaned before being packed away. Even if the clothes look clean you still need to go through the process of cleaning them before stowing them. There will be dead skin cells, food and dirt particles invisible to the naked eyes present on the clothes which will attract clothes moths. So follow a thorough cleaning procedure that will remove all residues and make the clothes absolutely clean.

• For home washing woollen garments use a detergent specially designed for such clothes. It is mild and does not spoil or altar the texture of the garment.
• Ensure that the woollens are completely dry and ready for storage.
• If you want to wash the woollens the eco-friendly way then use soap nut seeds for the washing.
• Alternatively you can have the woollens dry cleaned, which is as effective as hand washing.
• Silk is a delicate fabric and generally not washed at home.
• Have your silk sarees, shirts, ties, dresses, salwar suits dry cleaned at a reputed drycleaners.

Once you’ve washed and dry cleaned the clothes you are ready to stash them away. A few pointers that you need to keep in mind at the time of packing –

1. Pack your silks and woollens separately.
2. Segregate light colored clothes from darker ones, in case colors bleed.
3. Check for any rusted embellishments on the clothes, such as hooks, buttons etcetera. Remove if you find any as they will leave rust marks on your clothes.

You will need the following items for storing your clothes until next season –

1. Muslin cloth or any other soft white colored fabric.
2. Sun dried whole red chillies.
3. Sun dried Neem leaves.
4. Sun dried black pepper corns
5. Sun dried lavender flowers

All or any one of the items mentioned in the list from 2 – 5 can be used for keeping your garments safe. The reason why I am insisting on sun dried products is so there is no trace of moisture left in them. Moisture can cause mold to grow which will spoil your clothes instead of protecting them. If it is rainy weather and you can’t dry the items in the sun, then place them in an oven or microwave for a while just so the moisture gets removed.

Method used for storing clothes

• You can either use a steel trunk or an almirah or bed box or a suitcase for storing your winter clothes.
• Avoid using an inbuilt cupboard, which can get damp during the rainy season if there is seepage in the walls, as the moisture can then transfer to your clothes.
• In case you have no other option, then throw some silica gel sachets in the cupboard for it to absorb moisture.
• Assume you are using a trunk or a suitcase, line the bottom with either neem leaves or whole chilies or both.
• If using red chilies use just a handful.
• Spread a muslin cloth over the ingredients in such a way that it covers the entire inside of the box with ample length hanging out of it.
• Place your clothes on top of the muslin, keeping heavy clothes at the bottom and lighter ones above them, so the weight of the heavy clothes does not squash clothes at the bottom.
• Make small sachets using a bit of muslin and place lavender and pepper corns in them.
• You can use them in combination or alone.
• Strategically place these sachets between clothes while you are packing them. You can use around palm sized sachets in the packing case.
• When the box is full, fold the overhanging piece of cloth over the packed clothes such that they are completely enclosed.
• Spread some more neem or chilies on the top, close the lid and secure the box.

When you open the box after a few months, you’ll find your clothes intact just the way you left them.

Advantages of natural ingredients over chemical products

The method of storing clothes is tried and tested and has been in use in my family for at least four generations. I advocate this method of storing clothes as it is a green initiative, which I endorse.

• Using natural ingredients is always a better option as they don’t leave a carbon footprint.
• Natural products are easily available.
• Moth balls or Naphthalene balls can cause allergic reactions in susceptible people.
• Naphthalene balls disintegrate with time and will need periodic replacement.
• They also tarnish sequins, ‘zari’, ‘gota’ and other gold work done on silk sarees.
• Moth balls can also react with the dyes used in colouring the fabrics, fading them unevenly, in blotches.

Use these naturals methods to store your winter clothes.

Tips for Bedroom Decoration

Bedroom is the place where we rest our body and mind, so the bedroom decoration is a big concern to a family. There are several tips about decoration for your reference.

Tips 1 Privacy

Bedroom is filled with our life privacy which can not be pried into. Rigorous prevention measures should be taken for that, including the door and window and curtain. The materials the door used should be thick, immediate use of 3 or 5 cm panel is not appropriate. If we use the 5 cm panel, we should better cover another 3 cm board. The bottom of door should keep a distance of 0.3 to 0.5 cm with the floor. Curtains should use the thick clothing instead of the light one which is also harm to the sleep quality.

Bedroom should be sound-proofing. Generally speaking, the wall can do that. Only if some owners use the clothes closet instead of the real wall in order to save the space.

Tips 2 Color Match

Different personality has different styles, they like their own match of bedroom. The master bedroom should be warm and peaceful with wood floor. Couples can discus the color choice. Subaltern room also needs the feeling of being warm and peaceful. If it is for children and the olds, we should consider much more about the convenience and safety. What’s more, the baby room can apply the bright color. Blue is for boys and pink and light yellow for girls. Cartoon animals and plants wall paper is also popular. As for the floor, we can use the wooden floor, if condition does not permits, we can use the rubber mat which is also the developmental games.

Tips 3 Lighting

There are not many requirements on the bedroom lighting. However, we should pay much attention to that the light does not shine directly below. Shining up is the best. If it is filament lamp, the ceiling would be yellowen because of the heat. So the lamp on the wall is a good choice.