Designer silk sarees are like precious gems in any woman’s closet, and proper care must be taken when handling and wearing one. From beautiful zari-woven silk sarees to designer cotton pieces with intricate handwork designs, knowing how to care for these exquisite garments will extend their longevity for many years to come.
Hand washing a silk or silk cotton saree should be avoided as this will lead to discoloration of its fabric over time. Dry-cleaning should always be preferred over washing at home if at all possible; in case it must be washed at home then cold water only should be used with immediate stain blotting of any stain removal needed. It’s also advised that designer silk sarees be stored out of direct sunlight as direct sunlight may fade their colors over time.
Before washing your designer silk sarees, always review its care label for any special instructions or warnings. The care label can provide valuable insight into its composition and cleaning methods as well as whether or not it needs to be hand or machine washed as well as any safety precautions you should observe when handling this garment.
If you are uncertain of the care instructions on the care label or your saree is labeled for dry cleaning only, it’s wise to have it professionally dry cleaned by an expert. A professional will know how best to restore its shine without damaging its fabric.
designer silk sarees should be washed in cold water using a mild detergent such as baby shampoo or dishwashing liquid (Ivory is great) in order to preserve their delicate silk fibers and avoid shrinkage or stretching. Avoid detergents that contain bleach or fabric softeners as these may irritate and damage delicate fibers within your saree.
After washing your saree, be sure to thoroughly rinse it under cold water in order to eliminate any soap or detergent residue that remains on its silk fabric. Don’t twist or wring it as this could damage its fibers and cause them to break or stretch over time. After it has been rinsed thoroughly, allow it to air-dry in a cool location in shade as direct sunlight may fade the colours over time.
Once your saree has dried completely, it is wise to iron it on low heat using a press cloth for best results. Furthermore, folding it several different ways will help maintain its shape while reducing wrinkles.
After washing and ironing your designer silk sarees, it is wise to store it in an airy cupboard or closet that has ample ventilation, away from humidity and direct sunlight. To maintain optimal conditions during long-term storage, wrap your saree in cotton pouch with some neem leaves or cloves to prevent fungal growth and musty odours.