How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk

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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
  • Iron
  • Thin cotton fabric, optional
  • Clothes hanger

Step 1

Turn your silk garment inside-out and spread it across an ironing board.

Step 2

Moisten the item lightly with water from a spray bottle, or plan to iron it while it's still slightly damp after washing.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Place your garment on a hanger immediately after ironing and let it cool. Keep the item hanging to prevent new wrinkles from forming.

Tip

  • 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.

Warning

  • Avoid using a high-heat blow dryer to remove wrinkles in lieu of an iron. This can result in burns.

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