Knowing on how to wash silk sarees at home is essential for preserving their beauty and longevity but, if you're like most people, you probably don't wash your silk sarees very often.
Silk sarees are a timelessly classic wardrobe collection for almost all Indian women. Not only do the silk sarees look beautiful on women, but the fabric is also highly durable and long lasting, only if cared properly.
However, washing a silk saree can be a tricky task as it requires special care in order to maintain its softness and shine. Washing your silk sarees at home is possible with just a few simple steps and following these will keep your saree look new for years.
In this article, we'll discuss how you can clean your silk saree at home without damaging its material or fading the colours of the saree.
Step By Step Guide to Wash Your Silk Saree at Home
Step 1: Make Sure You Have All the Right Materials
Before you begin the process of washing your silk saree at home, it is essential to make sure that you have all the right materials at place with you. This includes a fabric detergent, a bucket to put your saree in, and two clean cotton towels.
You should also add a liquid stain remover with your detergent as it will be very useful in removing all types of stains from your saree.
Step 2: Prepare a Cleaning Solution
The next step is to prepare a cleaning solution which will clean your silk saree. Creating this solution is an easy task. An effective saree cleaning solution is usually a mixture of water, glycerine, and a fabric detergent.
Make sure to measure each ingredient before adding so that it will not ruin the fibre of your saree.
Step 3: Test for Colour Fastness
Before you begin washing your silk saree, it is important to test your saree for colour fastness. To do so, dip a small corner of your silk saree in the cleaning solution. If the colour of your saree doesn’t run or change then you can proceed with washing your saree at home. But if the colours do fades or appear to change then it is advised to take your saree to a reputed dry cleaner.
Step 4: Fill Your Bucket with the Prepared Solution
Now that you have prepared the cleaning solution and all set to wash your saree, fill the bucket with lukewarm water and mix the prepared cleaning solution in it. Make sure that you are not adding too much of the cleaning solution as it can then affect the fabric of your saree.
Step 5: Gently Dip Your Saree in the Solution
The fifth step to wash your delicate silk saree is to carefully add it to the bucket containing the warm water and detergent solution. As you place each section of the saree, be sure to do so gently, not pulling or stretching the fabric in any way.
You should dip your saree very gently in the soapy water solution, taking special care of how you move it in the bucket with both your hands. After a few minutes of swishing back and forth, lift your saree out of the bucket and gently squeeze it to pour out any excess moisture which is soaked into the material.
Step 6: Rinse in Cold Water Until the Soap is Gone
Now that you have pulled the saree out of that lukewarm water bucket, its time to rinse it in cold water until all the soap residue is gone. Dip your saree in another bucket of cold water and gently rinse each part with both your hands so that all the detergent residue from every area is removed.
Step 7: Squeeze Out Excess Moisture by Wrapping it in a Towel
Once you are done rinsing your saree in cold water, pull it out and wrap your silk saree in a towel and start pressing it gently. This will help you in reducing the time it takes for your saree to fully dry and it will also prevent the fabric from getting damaged.
Do not rub the towel over your saree as doing this will cause wrinkles and can damage it.
Step 8: Let it Dry Flat on an Iron Surface Away from Direct Sunlight
Finally, once you feel that the saree is almost dry, take it out from the towel and let it dry flat on an iron surface but away from direct sunlight if you want to keep your silk saree look new. The heat from the sun can cause dull spots throughout the fabric.
Step 9: Iron the Saree on a Low Heat Setting
Ironing a silk saree is a critical step but it also ensures that your recently washed silk saree looks just as beautiful as it did when you first purchased it.
Start ironing on a low heat setting to maintain the fabric's richness, delicate texture and preventing it from getting discoloured or look faded. It is best to leave a few wrinkles in the saree rather than pressing it too hard and enticing more creases in the fabric.
Once finished, your silk saree should look crisp, elegant, and ready for wear!
Step 10: Store Properly to Maintain its Quality
The final step to ensure your delicate silk saree stays in beautiful and in best condition is to store it properly.
There are several ways to fold a saree, and each way is designed in a manner to help in preserving the fabric and texture of your saree.
- Store your silk saree in a breathable fabric bag, but first wrap it carefully in acid-free tissue paper before folding into the bag.
- Avoid cedar closets and other spaces infused with mothballs, as these can damage the yarn of the fabric over time.
- Hang it on a padded hanger or garment bag in an area that is cool and dry, such as a closet or linen cupboard.
Always make sure to air out your silk saree periodically before wearing it again and by doing this you'll be able to enjoy its beauty for many years!
How to Remove Food Stains from Your Silk Sarees?
Removing food stains from your beautiful silk sarees can be a daunting process, but not impossible. Fortunately, food stains on your silk sarees can be easily removed following these simple steps:
- Blot Immediately: As soon as you notice any food stain on your silk saree, blot it immediately with a clean cloth so that the stain does not have time to settle in.
- Dilute the Stain: Create a solution of equal parts detergent and warm water and put the stained part in that solution and rub it with both your hands.
By following these 2 steps, you'll be able to remove most food stains from your silk sarees and keep them looking their best!
Why Should You Wash Your Silk Saree at Home?
Silk sarees as we know are expensive and silk fabric is delicate, so sending it to a dry cleaner is often not worth the cost or the risk of damage. Home washing will always keep your favourite silk saree in its best condition for a longer period of time and give you a peace of mind knowing that your saree will come out in good condition once washed.
There you have it! With these simple steps, you can keep your silk saree look beautiful and vibrant for many years. Also, cleaning your silk saree at home is a great way to save money and at the same time ensuring that your saree is taken care of properly.
Make sure to follow all steps carefully and use the right materials to avoid any damage or discoloration in the fabric.
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