How to Press Silk

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Ironing silk without damaging it can be a challenge. Whether you are trying to press the wrinkles out of silk curtains or make your favorite silk blouse look presentable, there are ways to protect the fabric. Follow these steps to press your silk safely at home without paying a dry cleaner to do it.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron 2 white bath towels Ironing board Spray bottle of water
  • Preheat your iron to medium, making sure the steam option is turned off.

  • Place a white towel across the ironing board, smoothing any wrinkles. Be sure your towel is white; a colored towel could bleed onto the silk.

  • Place the silk item on top of the towel and position it to be pressed. This is important because you won't be able to see the silk until after the iron is applied.

  • Lay the second white towel across the silk and spritz lightly with water. This towel protects the silk from the hot plate of the iron and evenly disperses the steam from the spritz of water.

  • Iron the towel, making sure that your iron is not emitting steam. The heat of direct steam on the silk can cause damage.

  • Remove the top towel and check the section you have just pressed. If it is still wrinkled, reposition and try again. If it is good, repeat the process until you have pressed the entire silk garment or piece.

  • Hang the silk to cool until you are ready to use it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use an iron on the high setting for silk fabrics, and never directly place the iron on silk.

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