How to Clean a Silk Comforter

By Kelsi Hicken | Sep 28, 2017

How to Clean a Silk Comforter

By Kelsi Hicken | Sep 28, 2017

Caring for Your Silk Comforter

Neatly folded, white, Cozy Earth silk comforter

You can expect your silk bedding to last upwards of 10 years if you care for it properly. Yet, what does “caring for it properly” actually entail? What do you need to do to ensure your silk bedding lasts for years without yellowing or noticeably aging?

Learn simple ways to clean, protect and store your silk comforter properly to increase its longevity.

How to Clean Your Silk Comforter

Maybe your kids “borrowed” your luxurious silk comforter to make a fort and dragged it around the house, or maybe you spilled your morning coffee. Whatever the case may be, there are specific silk care instructions to follow.

Whatever you do, DO NOT wash your silk bedding in the washing machine on a standard cycle. The silk will harden and snag, ruining the texture of the silk filling and creating uncomfortable lumps.

To machine wash your silk comforter, use only a rinse cycle and do not use the spin setting. Only machine dry on delicate, low heat with a couple of dryer balls, or hang dry.

Spot Washing a Silk Comforter

What if you spill a drink or food onto your bedding? The answer is to spot wash the area. To spot wash silk, follow these steps:

  1. Soak a sponge in warm, soapy water. 
  2. Wring the sponge out in the sink so most of the water is gone. It should be damp, but not dripping. 
  3. Gently dab the stained area with the sponge. 
  4. Let it air dry. 
  5. Repeat until the stain is removed. 

Some of our favorite cleaning products for silk include:  

If the stain persists, take your silk bedding to a professional. 

Professionally Cleaning Silk

If your silk bedding needs a deep clean, it’s best to take it to a professional. If you try to deeply wash silk yourself, you run the risk of ruining your bedding. Instead, try to find a dry cleaner or a wet cleaner that specializes in silk. They will be able to properly clean your bedding without damaging it. 

Although Cozy Earth’s silk comforters, pillows and sheets are washable, they do have strict care instructions to prevent unwanted damage.  

How to Protect Your Silk Comforter 

To protect your silk comforter when you’re using it, use a duvet cover. These help protect the silk filling from any real damage from spills, accidents, or regular wear and tear. A duvet cover made of viscose from bamboo is silky smooth, and since bamboo viscose fabric isn’t absorbent it helps shield silk comforters from accidents. Plus, you can easily clean bamboo viscose fabric by tossing it into the washing machine! All you have to do is select a gentle cycle and wash in cold water. 

How to Store Your Silk Comforter 

The last thing you should know about owning a mulberry silk comforter is how to store it. While silk bedding is cozy and warm in the winter, it might be a little too warm in the summer. Switching silk bedding to bamboo viscose bedding in the warmer months is a great option, especially for hot sleepers. Plus, silk and bamboo viscose fabrics are easy to store, simply follow these steps: 

  1. Air out your comforter. 
  2. Neatly fold your comforter and place it in a bag. 
  3. Toss in a couple of silica beads to absorb moisture. 
  4. Add cedar balls to repel bugs like moths. 
  5. Close the bag, ensuring that it is airtight. 
  6. Store in a cool, dry place. 

Now that you know how to protect, clean, and store silk bedding properly, you’ll be able to enjoy the luxurious feel of silk and experience the benefits of sleeping in high-quality products.

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