Silk is prized for its smooth, airy feel and soft sheen, but the delicate fabric requires special care to keep it looking good. In addition to gentle washing, a light touch is needed when it comes to removing wrinkles. Be sure to use a cool setting on your iron, and don't ever let it sit on the fabric. Additionally, keep wrinkles at bay by hanging your silk garments instead of folding them inside a drawer.
Things You'll Need
- Ironing board
- Misting bottle with water
- Thin cotton fabric, optional
- Clothes hanger
Turn your silk garment inside-out and spread it across an ironing board.
Moisten the item lightly with water from a spray bottle, or plan to iron it while it's still slightly damp after washing.
Set your iron to a cool or "silk" setting. If your iron doesn't have a setting for silk fabric, use low heat and drape a thin piece of cotton fabric over the silk before ironing. The cotton will absorb some of the heat and keep you from burning the silk.
Run the iron lightly over the inside of the silk garment in a continuous motion. Do not leave the iron still on any part of the silk to avoid burns or heat-related stains.
Place your garment on a hanger immediately after ironing and let it cool. Keep the item hanging to prevent new wrinkles from forming.
Tips & Warnings
- If you don't have an iron, mist your silk item lightly and hang it up to release the worst wrinkles. Or run a warm shower and hang your it in the bathroom, so the steam heat smooths out the wrinkles.
- Avoid using a high-heat blow dryer to remove wrinkles in lieu of an iron. This can result in burns.