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Caring for Silk

Silk garments are no longer limited to high-end designer labels or neckties.  Everyday silk casual wear for men and women is very popular.  Silk drapes, looks and feels great, but like other fabrics, silk is susceptible to conditions of wear, stains, and color loss.  Loss of color in localized areas usually occurs because the fabric came in contact with a substance during consumer use.  Try to avoid contact with any of the following that can cause discoloration:

• Hand sanitizers

• Body sprays

• Deodorants and other consumer and household products

• Moisturizers and other skin care products

• Alcohol

• Perfume or cologne

• Hair spray

• Shampoo

• Home detergents and dish liquids

• Toothpaste

• Facial cleansers

• Products containing chlorine

• Mouthwash and other astringents

Silk responds well to dry cleaning.  Washing silk at home may result in shrinkage, limpness, and considerable fading.  Always follow the manufacturer’s care label instructions with a reminder that, in most instances, a garment with a washable label can also be safely dry cleaned.

If you are attempting any do-it-yourself stain treatment on silk, blot, don’t rub.  Silk will chafe easily or develop light areas if rubbed while wet. Get the garment to Flair Cleaners as soon as possible.

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