How to Clean a Silk Robe

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Clean a silk robe by handwashing.
Clean a silk robe by handwashing. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A silk robe drapes the body in comfort and luxury. A delicate fabric, silk requires a gentle cleaning routine that prevents damage to the elegant material. Some silk garments may allow dry-cleaning only, but other manufacturers provide a less costly hand-washing solution to cleaning silk robes. Non-alkaline products provide a soft cleaning action for the fragile fabric. Clean your silk robe without fear using simple but effective washing techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby shampoo
  • White towels

Remove any items from inside the robe pockets.

Fill a sink with lukewarm water. Add 1 tbsp. baby shampoo. Swish the water with your hand to create soap suds.

Place the silk robe into the soapy water. Move the robe gently within the water, allowing soap suds access to the entire garment. Swish the robe in the soapy water for two minutes.

Drain the water from the sink. Lift the robe out of the sink to rinse away all soap suds. Place the robe back into the sink and fill it with lukewarm water.

Lift the robe 1/4 way in and out of the water to help rinse soap suds from the clothing. Drain the water from the sink after rinsing the robe for one minute.

Lay one white towel over a hard surface. Place the robe flat over the towel. Lay another white towel over the top of the robe. Gently pat the top towel into the robe; do not smash the towel on top of robe. Allow the towels 30 minutes to absorb excess water from the robe.

Lay the damp silk robe onto a hard surface and dry flat, smoothing out any wrinkles.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may also dry-clean a silk robe if preferred.
  • Do not use bleach on silk garments.
  • Avoid scrunching or squeezing water out of the silk robe after washing as it could wrinkle the fabric.

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