Remember me telling you about the material we obtained from a retired vintage doll maker? Maybe I put it on our Facebook site. (Linens2Lace.) Well in addition to the faux mink and beautiful lace, we also put a large selection of beautiful and affordable satin into the Willowstone store. This is dress material weight in a variety of Victorian colors. First question asked of us, by the visitor holding up the beautiful black satin bolt, was “Can you wash satin?”
The answer is “of course you can – provided you follow the rules.”
Satin has a smooth silky feel that makes it appealing for many items from garments to bed sheets. It comes in various weights and thus ranges in durability. However, there is a limited amount of cleaning options. The cleaning and care tags that come with your garment should give you all the instruction you need. However, what do you do with fabric that you have used to make that beautiful one of a kind gown?
Here’s our advice.
Rule 1: Only wash satin by hand. If you do use a washer, the gentlest silk cycle is best.
Rule 2: Cold Water only. If you do have to use soap, use the gentlest soap you can. Woolite is good.
Rule 3: Wash satin as you would silk. Let it soak in soapy water for awhile, then gently squeeze the wash through the satin by hand. Rinse the fabric real good with cold clear water. If you leave any soap residue behind it will whiten and show up as spots. It’s hard to get these out once they set.
Rule 4: Leave the dryer off. Never put satin in the dryer. The dryer will shrink and put a permanent wrinkle in the material. Instead, lay it flat on a dry towel. Don’t wring it out, rather roll it up in the towel, squeezing out the excess water as you roll and then put it out onto another dry towel, laid flat away from the sun until dry.
Rule 5: You can iron satin, but on a light setting with no steam. I find that going from the inside out works best but don’t linger. An expensive satin blouse with a burn mark in the shape of an iron on its back, is only humorous in a sitcom.
Rule 6: Vintage satin should be dry cleaned only. Use a dry cleaner you have experience with and who you trust.
If you have any other tips, send them to me.
Until next time.