How do I Clean Silk Ribbon?

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Silk ribbon can easily be handwashed
Silk ribbon can easily be handwashed (Image: red ribbon v image by Mykola Velychko from Fotolia.com)

Silk is a delicate fabric and has to be treated carefully to remove stains without inflicting further damage. Ribbons are prone to collecting dust and stains in a drawer, but can easily be brightened up with the correct cleaning procedure. If cleaned improperly, silk ribbon can shrink in high heat, fade with too much sunlight, and lose softness when treated with harsh chemicals.

Things You'll Need

  • Lukewarm water
  • Non-alkaline soap
  • White vinegar
  • Conditioner
  • Small tub or mixing bowl

Handwash the ribbon in lukewarm water using nonalkaline soap, such as Ivory Liquid Soap or baby shampoo. Do not soak in water for more than a few minutes.

Hard water areas could benefit from adding some borax
Hard water areas could benefit from adding some borax (Image: blue watter bubbles image by Olaru Radian-Alexandru from Fotolia.com)

Drain the soapy water and refill your container or sink with clean water to rinse the ribbon. Add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the rinse water to help wash soap residue from the silk.

Vinegar boosts cleaning power on silk
Vinegar boosts cleaning power on silk (Image: Woman's hands with fresh water image by eAlisa from Fotolia.com)

Empty the vinegar water and mix in a few drops of conditioner with a final rinse of water. This adds extra softness to the silk ribbon.

Hair conditioner adds extra silkiness to silk ribbon
Hair conditioner adds extra silkiness to silk ribbon (Image: toilet ries. bottle of conditioner and soap image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com)

Roll gently in a towel to dry. Do not wring.

Press moisture from ribbons using a towel
Press moisture from ribbons using a towel (Image: colorful fluffy towels image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

Silk can be ironed using a press cloth and low heat. Dryers are not recommended because high heat can shrink silk. Alternatively, hang silk ribbons in the bathroom and run the shower to remove creases.

If ironing silk use silk setting on very low heat
If ironing silk use silk setting on very low heat (Image: iron image by Robert Grzywaczewski from Fotolia.com)

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