How to Wash Silk Pajamas: Elevate Your Pajama Game

Silk pajamas are a luxurious and comfortable choice for sleeping or lounging, but they also require special care to keep them in good condition. Silk is a delicate fabric that can be easily damaged by harsh detergents, high temperatures, or improper washing methods. If you want to enjoy your silk pajamas for a long time, you need to know how to wash them properly and safely.

Here, we’ll show you how to wash silk pajamas in a way that preserves their quality, color, and texture. We will also answer some common questions about silk care and provide some tips on how to store and maintain your silk pajamas. By following these steps, you can ensure that your silk pajamas will last longer and look better.

What You Need to Wash Silk Pajamas

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  • A gentle detergent designed for silk clothing or other delicate fabrics. Avoid using regular laundry detergents, bleach, or fabric softeners, as they can damage the silk fibers and cause fading, shrinking, or discoloration. Some examples of gentle detergents are Woolite, Ecover Delicate Wash, and Dirty Labs Hand Wash Detergent. how to wash silk pajamas
  • A large basin or sink filled with lukewarm water. The water temperature should not exceed 30°C (86°F), as hot water can weaken the silk fibers and cause them to lose their shape and luster.
  • A mesh laundry bag to protect your silk pajamas from snagging or tangling with other items.
  • A padded hanger or a drying rack.

How to Wash Silk Pajamas by Hand

Hand washing is the best and safest method for washing silk pajamas, as it allows you to control the amount of agitation and prevent any damage to the fabric. Here is how to wash silk pajamas by hand:

Step 1: Check The Label

Check the care label of your silk pajamas and follow any specific instructions or warnings. Some silk pajamas may have special features or embellishments that require extra care or attention.

Step 2: Gently Handwash

Turn your silk pajamas inside out and place them in the basin or sink filled with lukewarm water. Add a small amount of gentle detergent and gently swirl the water with your hand to dissolve the detergent.

Step 3: Let Them Soak

Soak your silk pajamas for no more than 15 minutes, gently agitating them occasionally to remove any dirt or stains. Do not rub, wring, or twist the fabric, as this can cause stretching or tearing.

Step 4: Rinse

Rinse your silk pajamas thoroughly with cold water until no soap residue remains. You can also add a few drops of white vinegar or lemon juice to the final rinse to restore the pH balance of the fabric and enhance its shine.

Step 5: Remove Excess Moisture

Gently squeeze out the excess water from your silk pajamas without wringing or twisting them. You can also roll them in a clean towel and press lightly to absorb more water.

Step 6: Air Dry

Lay your silk pajamas flat on a towel or hang them on a drying rack away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Do not use a dryer, as this can damage the fabric and cause shrinkage or wrinkling. If you need to iron your silk pajamas, use a low-heat setting while they are still damp.

How to Wash Silk Pajamas in a Washing Machine

If you don’t have time or prefer not to wash your silk pajamas by hand, you can also use a washing machine on a gentle cycle with cold water and a gentle detergent. However, this method is not recommended for frequent use, as it can cause more wear and tear on the fabric over time. Here is how to wash silk pajamas in a washing machine:

Step 1: Double Check the Label

Check the care label of your silk pajamas and follow any specific instructions or warnings. Some silk pajamas may not be suitable for machine washing at all.

Step 2: Use a Mesh Laundry Bag

If your silk pj’s do allow for machine washing, turn them inside out and place them in a mesh laundry bag to protect them from getting snagged on other things.

Step 3: Use the Gentle Cycle

Select a gentle or delicate cycle with cold water and a low spin speed on your washing machine. Add a small amount of gentle laundry detergent and start the cycle.

Step 4: Remove Excess Water

Once the cycle is finished, remove your silk pajamas from the machine and gently squeeze out the excess water without wringing or twisting them. You can also roll them in a clean towel and press lightly to absorb more water.

Step 5: Air Dry

Lay your silk pajamas flat on a towel or hang them on a drying rack away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Do not use a dryer, as this can damage the fabric and cause shrinkage or wrinkling. If you need to iron your silk pajamas, use a low-heat setting while they are still damp.

Pro Tip:

Ironing: We mentioned that if you need to iron your silk pajamas, use a low-heat setting while they are still damp. But, we felt it might be worth expanding on this point, to explain that the iron should be set to a “cool” or “silk” setting and that the pajamas should be ironed inside out to avoid any potential shine marks.

FAQ: Washing Silk Pajamas

Can I use bleach or fabric softener on silk pajamas?

No, you should avoid using bleach or fabric softener on silk pajamas, as they can damage the silk fibers and cause fading, shrinking, or discoloration. Bleach can also weaken the silk fabric and make it more prone to tearing. Fabric softener can leave a residue on the fabric, reducing its breathability and moisture-wicking properties.

How often should I wash silk pajamas?

You should wash silk pajamas every 3 to 4 wears, or more often if they are stained or soiled. Silk is a natural fiber that can absorb odors and bacteria, so it is important to keep it clean and fresh. However, you should also avoid overwashing silk items, as this can cause more wear and tear on the fabric over time. So, while we gave you a good general guideline for care instructions, the frequency of washing can depend on personal preference, skin type, and how much one sweats during the night.

How do I remove stains from silk pajamas?

If your silk pajamas have any stains, you should treat them as soon as possible before washing them. You can use a mild stain remover designed for silk or delicate fabrics or try some natural remedies such as baking soda, lemon juice, or white vinegar. For oil-based stains, talcum powder can be sprinkled on the stain immediately, left overnight, and then brushed off. This may help absorb some of the oil before washing.

Also, you should always test any stain remover on a small inconspicuous area of the fabric first to check for any adverse reactions. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the stain, as this can damage the fabric and spread the stain further. 

Are silk pajamas dry clean only?

No, silk pajamas are not always dry clean only, unless the care label says otherwise. You can wash silk pajamas at home using a gentle detergent, lukewarm water, and a gentle cycle or hand wash method. However, you should avoid using harsh chemicals, high temperatures, or dryers to wash your silk pajamas, as these can damage the fabric and cause shrinkage or wrinkling.  

But it might also be worth noting that while many silk items can be hand-washed, some silk fabrics, particularly those with bright prints or colors, may bleed or become dull with home washing. Therefore, if the pajamas are particularly special or expensive, it might be worth dry cleaning them at least the first time, and then assessing whether the color and texture have held up well enough to consider hand washing in the future.

How do I store and maintain silk pajamas?

To store and maintain your silk pajamas, you should follow these tips:

  • Fold your silk pajamas neatly and store them in a cool, dry, and dark place. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or heat sources, as this can cause fading or yellowing.
  • It’s also worth noting that silk is susceptible to damage from not only light but also from being stored in a too-tight space. Silk fibers need to breathe, so it’s important to give them some space.
  • Use acid-free tissue paper or cotton bags to protect your silk pajamas from dust, insects, or moisture. Avoid using plastic bags or containers, as they can trap moisture and cause mold or mildew.
  • Refresh your silk pajamas between washes by airing them out or steaming them lightly. This can help remove any wrinkles, odors, or bacteria from the fabric.
  • Repair any tears or holes in your silk pajamas as soon as possible to prevent them from getting worse. You can use a needle and thread to mend small damages or take them to a professional tailor for larger ones.

Conclusion

Silk pajamas are a great way to pamper yourself and enjoy a good night’s sleep, but they also require some extra care and attention to keep them in top shape. By following these steps on how to wash silk pajamas, you can ensure that your silk pajamas will last longer and look better. For more cleaning tips, check out our other cleaning guides and follow us on Pinterest

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