How to Clean a Silk Duvet

How to Clean a Silk Duvet

Silk is naturally hypoallergenic. A great deal of care is therefore taken during the preparation of the silk, as a duvet filling, so that its natural properties are not compromised in any way. Although this may not be of primary importance to many of those who sleep with a silk duvet it does mean all users will enjoy the natural healthy benefits a silk duvet provides.

As luxury items, our 100% Mulberry silk duvets require a greater degree of care, relative to duvets with other fillings, both in their usage and cleaning:

  • You should always protect your silk duvet with a removable washable cover.
  • Vigorous shaking of your duvet is unnecessary and not recommended.
  • A properly covered silk duvet should not require cleaning under normal conditions of use. Unlike duvets with a feather and down filling, silk-filled duvets are free from dust mites and as you don't perspire when using them they should not require thorough cleaning. We recommend that the duvet is regularly aired outside on a sunny day without a duvet cover for a minimum of 2 hours, 2 to 3 times a year. This has the effect of cleaning and purifying the silk floss.
  • Do not dry-clean your silk duvet as silk should not be cleaned with any form of chemical cleaner (such as those used in dry cleaning processes). Chemicals will not only affect the silks natural properties but also cause it to harden, thus reducing its softness. Additionally, although dry cleaning fluids evaporate readily at low temperatures it is impossible to ensure that traces of cleaning chemicals do not remain on a cleaned article, even after thorough airing. The surface area of silk within even within the 200g lightweight silk duvet is immense, and it will be inevitable that some traces of cleaning chemicals will be retained on the surface of the silk fibres.
  • Washing your silk duvet, whether in a machine or by hand, may cause the silk to lose some of its natural properties. Neither do we recommend you wring or tumble dry your silk duvet.

Treat localised spillages immediately by wiping the affected area with a clean white damp cloth. If the spillage has penetrated through to the silk floss, delicately hand wash the affected area only using luke warm water (maximum 30º Centigrade) and a non-biological detergent suitable for washing woollens, then rinse thoroughly using cold water.

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