A woman’s wardrobe is incomplete without a few silk sarees. Silk sarees are one of the most exquisite types among sarees and considered quite an investment. So, Indiwear.com shares some essential steps that should be kept in mind to maintain the timeless elegance of your silk saree. These tips by Indiwear.com can be practiced on other silk garments too.
How to store a silk saree?
- Make sure that when you store these sarees, they are wrapped carefully in muslin and cotton cloth. The delicacy of cotton or muslin shears will help preserve the embroidery on Banarasi sarees better.
- It is also important to remember that these sarees are stored separately. Stacking it among sarees of other material can damage the silk texture.
- Keep in mind not to use metal hangers for the sarees. Metal hangers are prone to corrode and this can ruin the elegance and shine of the Banrasai silk saree.
How to wash a silk saree?
- When it comes to washing silk sarees, dry cleaning is the best option because detergents could ruin the material.
- When a label says “Dry Clean,” that is the manufacturers’ recommended cleaning method, but it may not be the only method available – hand washing silk clothing is often an acceptable alternative. “Dry Clean Only,” however, should be strictly adhered to.
- If you do not want to go for dry cleaning and instead wish to wash your silk saree at home, be sure to test colour fastness before washing. The rich colours of silk can often bleed. Dip a cotton swab in mild laundry detergent and water, then dab it on a hidden seam to see if any dye comes off on the swab. Bright prints or colours that bleed should be dry-cleaned.
- Do not use soap for the first three washes. Gently rinse in plain cold water. For the subsequent washes, use a mild detergent. Wash the pallu, border and body separately.
- Avoid washing the saree with inferior quality material or bright colours. You can use a protein shampoo with warm/cold water. The shampoo protein will feed the protein in the silk.
- After rinsing, gently squeeze out excess water. Avoid twisting or wringing the silk.
- Do not brush or lash the silk saree as it might lead to tearing the zari.
- As a thumb rule, do not just bundle and keep wet saree for prolonged period.
- After cleaning, bear in mind not to dry the saree in direct sunlight because extreme heat can cause the finely woven designs to come apart.
- Iron while garments are still slightly damp. You must iron the saree at low heat and should always use a cotton cloth under the saree while ironing. Hang to dry on a padded hanger.
How to remove stains from a silk saree?
- Rubbing one area of silk can cause lightening in just that spot. For moderate stain removal, especially ones in the middle of a pattern, wash the entire garment. Dark or unsightly stains should be taken to a dry cleaner.
- Avoid using chemicals to wash or clean stains. These may damage and reduce the lifespan of the silk.
- Consider using petrol to remove the stains. Acetone can be used to remove nail paint stains from the saree and to remove stains of oil, you can rub talcum powder before washing it with a mild detergent.