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How to Clean a Silk Quilt

January 21, 2020   By Jennifer Cook

You might feel extra elevated when you own something that’s made from silk. The soft and shiny texture is regal and luxurious — something the Queen might have in her wardrobe or on her bedding. But when you invest in something so elegant, it can be somewhat worrisome to care for.

What if you spill red wine on it while watching The Bachelor? What if your pet gets it dirty? And how the heck do you wash something so delicate? Don’t worry; we’ve all had those thoughts. But that’s where an investment in silk pays off. It’s actually relatively easy to clean!

We’re introducing you to the Beyoncé of all quilts to show you that it’s pretty easy and manageable to take care of. This is your sign to checkout those silk sheets on your online shopping cart!

Introducing Ecosa’s Silk Quilt

Most quilts and duvets are filled with micro fibre or hollow fibre synthetic materials that are lower in cost than natural materials. These textiles might have a cheap price tag, but they usually come with a short lifespan because they lack the strength required to handle the wear and tear of continual use. Plus, synthetic quilts can be bulky and difficult to store, and even harmful to your health. Not silk fabric, though.

Silk items are very luxurious and, unlike other textiles, can make you feel like royalty without needing to own a castle or a title!

When it comes to your bedding, it should be about quality, not quantity. You already know all the benefits of silk pillowcases and natural quilts, but silk, in particular, is hypoallergenic, lightweight, and moisture-wicking. A silk quilt gently contours to your body to optimise the snuggle factor. Plus, this ~magical~ material prevents bacteria and mould from building up under the sheets that may cause odour and skin problems. Yuck!

Silk quilts are pretty rare in Australia, but lucky for you, Ecosa’s silk quilt is designed for all seasons. Ecosa’s quilts are made using high-quality, all-natural silk filling in a soft cotton cover, which doesn’t contribute to the production of fossil fuels or release any toxins to you or the environment.

Now that you understand all the benefits of silk bedding, we’ll share a few secrets on how to care for it. Don’t worry. After these, you’ll be ready to care for that silk blanket that you deserve!

How to Wash Silk

Contrary to popular belief, silk is actually easy to care for as it doesn’t require an expensive trip to the dry cleaner. If you protect Ecosa’s quilt with a bamboo quilt cover, a simple bi-monthly air-out will help keep it fresh and healthy.

That said, some still feel that cleaning silk is more of a trial by fire than something you handle with a mild detergent and a gentle cycle. Oh, and low temperature and cold water do the trick too.

Remember that silk is hypoallergenic, meaning it won’t harbour those icky dust mites that trigger an allergic reaction. Sleeping under a silk quilt also means improved heat regulation – you’re not trapped under the weight of traditional synthetic material, so you’ll sweat less during the night.

Airing out the lightweight quilt will help dry any moisture that’s held by the silk. Just make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight so that it doesn’t damage or fade the fibres. Air drying your silk comforter is the way to go! Just make sure to use a drying rack that’s not too exposed to drain excess water and prevent mildew.

Silk fibre is vulnerable to high heat and hot water. It should not be cleaned with any chemical cleaner because it can reduce the softness of the material and damage its natural properties. The simple answer to “how the heck do I clean this thing?” is that you don’t need to wash your silk quilt.

If something reallyyyy messy happens to it, take it to an experienced silk professional and skip the washing machine. Spot cleaning is the way to go if a spill occurs.

Think it’s absolutely time for washing silk sheets? You should check that you’re putting them in the most delicate cycle available on your washer, warm water, not hot, and there’s no other type of fabric on your laundry bag! Remember that cool water is for dabbing on specific stains.

How to Remedy Certain Stains on Silk

If a dramatic event in The Bachelor has you waving your arms in the air while spilling wine all over your luxurious silk, don’t panic!

Pause the show and begin spot treating the affected areas. Use a clean, warm damp cloth to dab at the stains. You can also add a drop of laundry detergent to gently hand wash the stained area with lukewarm water. Then rinse using cold water. When that’s all settled, hang the quilt to dry in a shaded area and continue watching the drama unfold.

How to Protect Your Silk Quilt

To really protect the duvet from food, wine, and pet disasters, throw on a bamboo quilt cover. Ecosa’s quilt covers come in plenty of colours to match the scheme of your bedroom.

Pure silk is among nature’s gifts to humanity, truly. Soft enough and clean even without fabric softener or bleach, this fibre is a simply a must-have.

Bamboo and silk material are a match made in heaven as they’re both odour resistant, eco-friendly, anti-bacterial, and keep you cool at night. Did we mention they’re both super soft? Like you’ll never want to get out of bed kind of soft. Mmhmm, that’s bedding we like to sleep in.

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