How to Wash a Silk Bedspread

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Silk bedspreads keep you cool in the summer by absorbing moisture yet still retain body heat to keep you warm during winter because the silk hugs your body. Since a silk bedspread is expensive, it's helpful that you can use it year-round. Aesthetically, silk bedspreads are luxurious, soft and give any bed a more opulent look. However, silk is a natural fiber and a delicate one, so washing your silk bedspread requires a few simple steps to ensure it remains like new for years to come.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine or clean bathtub
  • Mild detergent
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar (optional addition for handwashing)
  • Dryer or clothesline
  • If hand washing, partially fill a clean bathtub with lukewarm water, add a mild detergent and submerge the silk bedspread.

  • Dunk the silk bedspread a few times in the soapy water; then drain the bathtub and carefully rinse (without wringing) until no soap is left.

  • Partially fill the bathtub again with lukewarm water, and add 1/4 cup white vinegar. Submerge the silk bedspread in the white vinegar solution to neutralize any soap residue remaining. Rinse clean.

  • If machine washing, wash your silk bedspread separately with mild detergent in cold water on the delicate cycle. Do not add bleach or fabric softener.

  • Dry your silk bedspread in the dryer on low heat or line dry out of direct sunlight, which will damage and weaken the silk.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you aren't comfortable washing your silk bedspread at home, have it dry cleaned.
  • Avoid wringing your silk bedspread once it's wet because silk threads weaken when wet and could tear.

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