- Action spills and stains immediately
- Cold wash your silks
- Brushing, airing and storing
- Keeping your coats bits and bobs in check
- Shop silk and blended silk coats
Coat season is officially here. Silk is not often known for its warming properties, but with its natural thermoregulating properties and the ability to blend silk with other natural fabrics such as wool, silk jackets can keep you warm, elegant, and comfortable.
On a pricier scale, coats are often considered investment pieces. They accompany us through key and everyday life moments, and we often find a sense of homeliness when putting on a familiar cozy jacket. So, we thought you might want to know how to look after your prized investment so it could last you for years to come.
Action spills and stains immediately
Visualize this, it's a cold winter day, you can see your own breath. You are visiting a Christmas market with a warm cup of tea to keep your hands warm. But an accidental bump and tea have spilled on your coat! Don't wait until you get home to act. Take two white paper towels and blot the stain. Never rub or add water. If this does the job, there may be no need to fully wash the coat. If you're not that lucky, once you get home, follow these next steps…
Cold wash your silks
Washing silk jackets, or any coat, is not recommended frequently as you are often wearing it over several layers of clothing, protecting it from your body. Also, washing your coats too often can in fact wear them out even faster. Even if you are wearing your jacket every day, it is recommended that a coat only needs to be washed once at the end of the season. This is great for maintaining your coat and brilliant for keeping water usage to a minimum; doing your part in living a sustainable lifestyle.
At Silkinc, we specialize in easy machine-washable silk, but when it comes to coats, we recommend either dry cleaning or hand washing.
Dry cleaning: the safest option, protects the silk fabric by avoiding water during the process. However, it's not a DIY method and tends to be more expensive than hand washing.
Hand washing: one need to be extra gentle to prevent distortion or damage to the silk fibers. Choosing the right detergent is crucial for maintaining silk's fibers. Opt for a silk-friendly detergent to ensure gentle yet effective cleaning. These specialized detergents are designed to cleanse without compromising the integrity of the fabric, preserving the luxurious feel of your silk coat. Always wash in water below 30 degrees Celsius to safeguard against excessive heat, which can weaken silk fibers. This gentle approach ensures your coat retains its luster and structure over time.
Machine washing: the method is feasible for some jackets, but please do make sure you read the care label. Silkinc silk-linen trench coat and Silkinc long trench coat can be machine washed at low temperatures but even so, when it comes to jackets, our preference is to stick to dry cleaning or hand washing.
This may be obvious, but DO NOT tumble dry your silk coat! The drying process needs to be natural.
We recommend employing either roll-drying on a towel or air-drying techniques. To roll dry, start by laying your silk coat flat on a clean towel to absorb excess moisture. Roll the towel with the silk inside and gently press down, repeating the process with additional clean towels until the silk is no longer soaking. Alternatively, for air drying, place the silk coat on a flat platform to allow the garment to air dry. Both methods effectively minimize stress on the delicate silk fibers, preserving the coat's shape.
Brushing, airing and storing
- Air-dry before storing: Ensure your coat is completely dry and fresh before putting it away to prevent any lingering dampness.
- Choose the right hanger: Opt for a sturdy wooden hanger instead of a thin one or a hook. This will allow your silk coat to hang gracefully and maintain its shape.
- Avoid extreme environments: Refrain from storing your coats in basements or attics where temperature fluctuations are more prominent.
- Use garment bags for protection: Safeguard your silk coats against dust and light exposure by utilizing garment bags during storage.
- Natural moth repellent: Introduce cedar elements to naturally repel moths, providing an additional layer of protection for your cherished silk coats.
Keeping your coats bits and bobs in check
- Inspect for imperfections: Regularly check your coats for loose threads, seams, holes, or any missing buttons that may need attention.
- Professional assistance: Consider enlisting the expertise of a local tailor to address these issues before washing your coat. They can ensure meticulous repairs.
- DIY fixes: If you're skilled with a needle and thread, take matters into your own hands. Fix minor imperfections yourself, showcasing your handy abilities in coat maintenance.
By following these comprehensive guidelines, you not only ensure the longevity and beauty of your silk coat but also contribute to the sustainable and mindful practices championed by Silkinc.
Shop silk and blended silk coats
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