Laundry care of millerostock scarves
It is clear that not all scarves should be treated equally. There is a big difference in price, quality and nature of the fabric, making it a science to treat your scarf right. We have made a guide to how the various fabrics are treated best.
The most common, safest and recommended way to clean your silk scarf is dry cleaning. However the costs can be prohibitive and the color of the fabric can also fade after time. To save on those expensive dry cleaning bills and preserve the original color and beauty of your silk scarf there are other possibilities for washing your scarves by hand but only if done carefully.
Step 1 - Test the dishwashing detergent you have chosen to use on a small portion of the silk scarf to determine the colorfastness of the scarf. Most scarf stains are from grease (skin and make-up) and as a mild detergent specifically made to clean grease, any dishwashing detergent is an effective choice for cleaning silk scarves. If the color of the silk changes in any way, consider using a small amount of delicate fabric soap like Woolite or hair shampoo or silk wash detergent. Then you can’t go wrong. It is made for silk fabric. If you use the silk detergent skip step 2-4.
Step 2 - Soak the scarf in mixture of 1 qt. of lukewarm water, 1 tbsp. of table salt and a 1 cap full of dishwashing detergent for two minutes. The table salt will help prevent the colors from bleeding.
Step 3- Squeeze out the excess water and rinse the scarf with cold water until the soap is washedout.
Step 4 - Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to a sink full of water and rinse the scarf again with cold water. The vinegar will help brighten the color and shine of the silk.
Step 5 - Roll the scarf in a dry, clean towel and softly squeeze it to remove excess water. Do not twist.
Step 6 - Unroll the scarf and lay it flat on another towel to completely dry. Always iron the silk scarf on its dull color side. Do not dry under direct sunlight.
Silk printed chiffon must be dry cleaned because the colours otherwise will fade considerably.
Step 1 - Always wash cashmere by hand in lukewarm water. DO NOT through your cashmere scarf in the washing machine.
Step 2 - Add gentle hand wash detergent for wool mix to the water or any mild detergent for example baby shampoo. Fabric softener, or any detergent containing bleach is a no go.
Step 3 - Soak for approximately for 5 minutes, wash gently then rinse with cold water.
Step 4 - Roll the scarf up in a towel to remove the water. Do not wring cashmere as it will harm its shape
Step 5 - Lay the scarf flat on a new dry towel to dry. Never hang your cashmere scarf because it will pull the fibers and small holes might appear.
A pashmina scarf is known for its incredibly long life. However, you should be aware of the following guidelines.
Air your pashmina scarf regularly for several hours. That way you get the fibers to breathe and wrinkes will be removed.
Should your pashmina scarf be exposed to a spot removed this gently with a damp cloth. Avoid rubbing of the fiber. In case of more stubborn stains, take your scarf to the dry cleaner.
Wool / silk scarves
Wool requires special care because its fibers are sensitive to other types of fabric.
The best way to wash wool is in sink with a special washing product for wool. There may be some scarves in wool, which can be washed at gentle care programs in the washer. If stains occur use dry clean.
Arabic scarves with silk application
Use the same washing instructions as for silk scarves.