Silk is a delicate fabric that is used to make different types of clothing. The fabric is made up of fiber collected from the cocoons of larvae of silkworms. Thousands of fiber length is required to make the fabric. This is the reason why clothes made up of silk are expensive than the ones made of other fabrics like cotton, nylon, etc. High price of silk links it to royalty and like all other royal items, it also requires special care and attention. Though the fabric is silky smooth, it also develops wrinkles when not stored properly. Getting them out can be quite challenging because of the delicate nature of the fabric. No one would like to damage a clothing made out of such a costly fabric and that is why, using the right technique can solve this problem. So, let's see how wrinkles in silk clothes can be smoothened easily without damaging the fabric.
Ways to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk Clothing
Ironing is the best way to remove wrinkles from any clothing. Same goes with silk, but it requires additional care because it is highly susceptible to damage due to high heat. That's why, while ironing silk clothes it is important to set the iron at minimum heat setting. Some irons also have specific silk setting which maintains the heat that is just right for the delicate fabric. To further protect the fabric from damage, you can place an old cotton cloth or aluminum foil over the wrinkled area and then iron it. The old cloth or foil will act as the shield and prevent direct contact of silk with the iron.
Using steam for removing wrinkles from your silk dress is a safe technique. You can either use a hand-held steamer or a steam iron for this purpose. Place your dress in a hanger and hang it in an open area. There must be sufficient space for you to move around the dress. Now take the hand-held streamer or steam iron and spray steam on the dress from a distance of around 6 inches. Start from the top of the dress and proceed downwards. Spraying steam all over the silk will loosen the fibers and render it wrinkle-free.
Using Hot Water Shower
This method is not a very nice option, but can surely be used in case you have no other option. Hang the silk cloth in a hanger and hang it in the bathroom. Choose such an area where water does not wet the cloth. Now, switch on the hot water shower and let the water run for 5-10 minutes. The steam generated due to hot water coming out of the shower will help in removing wrinkles. It is better to use this technique while having a bath so that you can avoid unnecessary wastage of water. Don't forget to close bathroom door and windows to prevent steam from escaping the bathroom.
Using Natural Drying Technique
Though a time-consuming method, drying wet cloth in sunlight can prevent wrinkle formation. To get rid of wrinkles that are already present on silk, handwash the cloth with plain water and hang it in sunlight. Natural heat will drain out the water from the fabric and the weight of water molecules will remove undesired wrinkles. It is better to leave the cloth in sunlight for 10-15 minutes only, otherwise excessive direct sunlight may damage the fabric. To dry out the silk completely, place the partially dried cloth on a plain surface and run a dry towel all over it, starting from the top and ending at the bottom so that no new wrinkles are formed.
Using Hair Dryer
This is a quick fix way of removing one or two wrinkles on the silk that have appeared here and there. To begin with, use a fine mist spray bottle and spray water on the wrinkled area. Remember not to wet the area more than necessary, as drying will take time. Now use a hair dryer to blow hot air on the slightly wet area so as to free it from wrinkles. Hot air will dry the area and remove the creases. If you are not sure of how hot the air will be, you can simply switch off the heating filament and blow normal air to dry the fabric.
The methods mentioned above are quite handy and can be done at any time of the day without any special equipment. All these methods require water to help remove wrinkles. In some instances, you might observe water stains appearing on the silk, so make yourself aware of ways to remove water stains from silk, if the need arises. That is all I had to share for getting wrinkles out of silk. Hope they work for you. Keep trying!