As you know, we love our vintage scarves around here! All of our garments are freshly laundered (hand washed and stain treated!) before shipping, but as scarves are often silk, I get many questions regarding KEEPING them clean / stain free. I like to use organic methods whenever possible for hand washing. Here are the techniques that have worked best for me over the years:
Hand Wash in Cold Water
Most standard soaps have alkaline, which can damage delicate (and old!) fabrics like silk. So, I actually like to use an eco-friendly dishwashing liquid (like this one). Dishwashing liquids are known to combat tricky stains from oil, etc. You can also use a mild organic detergent (like this one), just make sure your detergent is color free (you can do a patch test first in an inconspicuous corner if you'd like).
First, fill a large bucket or your kitchen sink with cold water. Pour a teaspoon (at most) of detergent into the bowl/sink and gently mix. Hand wash / gently squeeze the silk in the cold water and let it sit for several minutes. After it has sat, rinse it with the cold water to remove any residue from the soap and lay flat to air dry.
Remove stains by diluting organic white vinegar in a cup of cold water. Once mixed, dip a clean sponge into the vinegar mixture and gently blot the stain until it lifts. Then proceed to wash the silk re: the above. You will need to soak the silk for quite a while (I usually leave it in the water for at least an hour). You can rinse the the silk with another cup of the vinegar to restore shine if necessary. Then, soak it once more in fresh cool water to remove the vinegar.
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