Silk is a luxurious and exclusive material with an amazing structure and shine that drapes beautiful on the body with timeless elegance and therefore has been used for over 4,500 years.
Silk is a however a delicate fabric and should be handled with some “Tender Loving Care. Optimal silk care will ensure a long and lustrous life of your De Moy caftan and keep it in a great condition.
We recommend hand wash of your De Moy caftans & tunics, if, however, you do wish to machine wash, please use delicate cycle, the shortest spin cycle and mild detergent.
Hand wash Instruction:
- Fill a clean sink or large bowl with lukewarm or cool water. Add a small amount of a very mild detergent to the water and agitate the water to mix in the soap. Use mild detergent free from enzymes, preferably a silk detergent or a special detergent for fine and fragile items. This soap will help preserve the garment’s natural oils that keeps the garments soft.
- Gently hand wash the silk garment by pulsing the water with your hand several times to move the soapy water through the fabric for three to five minutes and rinse well. Never twist or wring the garment and soaking silk for any more than a few minutes should be avoided.
- Empty the sink or bowl and rinse the item in cold water until all soap residue has been removed. Gently squeeze out the excess water without stretching or twisting the silk fabric. Add a few drops of hair conditioner to the rinse water to keep the silk soft and flexible.
- Press the water out of the fabric by rolling it in a towel, do not twist or wring, as this will damage the fabric then hang the wet garment and allow it to air dry completely. Do not hang the silk garment to dry in direct sunlight or near a source of heat.
- We are also recommend you to avoid the flatiron and instead use a steamer to be able to steam your items directly on the hanger. With a steamer you don’t need to worry about burn marks or hard creases, and the hot steam also kills almost all of the bacteria on your garment. If necessary to use flatiron, press the silk garment inside out by using cool iron setting (“Silk” setting on the iron) with a press cloth between the iron and the fabric.
Silk Care &Travel Tips:
- Silk is a natural protein fiber and therefore can be washed in a similar manner to human hair by using mild shampoo and conditioner. Do not use chlorine bleach to clean silk; chlorine will erode the fiber and damage the silk.
- Never spot-treat, silk-Rubbing one area of silk can cause lightening in just that spot. For moderate stain removal, especially ones in the middle of a pattern, wash the entire garment.
- Substances containing alcohol could damage silk fabric. So let your perfume and hairspray dry before dressing.
- Most wrinkles in silk can be removed by hanging the garment in the bathroom during a shower. Let humidity do the ironing for you!