How to Wash a Silk Bedspread

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Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine or clean bathtub

  • Mild detergent

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar (optional addition for handwashing)

  • Dryer or clothesline

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.


Step 1

If hand washing, partially fill a clean bathtub with lukewarm water, add a mild detergent and submerge the silk bedspread.

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Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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


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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