One of the most remarkable fabrics (and one that is seen in almost every clothing store) is satin, a delicate fabric that requires special care to keep it in perfect condition.
We explain how to wash and iron your satin or satin-finished garments to prevent them from losing that soft texture and original shine. So want to learn more? Keep reading below!
When you wash, dry, iron and store these types of clothes, you have to be very careful, because over time, they lose that shiny finish that we love so much. But before we see how to wash and iron satin shirts, skirts, dresses and sheets, also called “satin”, let’s see some important details about this fabric. For example, satin clothes are similar in appearance to silk clothes. But did you know that satin and silk are not the same thing? In fact, they are two types of fabric with huge differences.
Differences Between Satin and Silk
Satin is a woven fabric, which means that it is obtained from combinations of other fabrics, such as polyester, cotton and even used silk. It is characterized by a very elegant glossy finish, as well as a good consistency.
It is usually smooth to the touch, which is achieved by building long “threads” that make up the garment in question. If a strand comes loose, the garment becomes very dull.
Silk, on the other hand, is a natural fiber, an “ingredient”, from which unique and exclusive pieces are obtained. Each piece of silk must be washed, treated and preserved with great care. In addition, garments made of normal silk or vegan silk are much more expensive.
By the way, do you know where satin comes from? There is very little information about it, but it is said to come from a Chinese city called Tsia Toung.
After knowing their differences, let’s see what care to give to this type of clothing to keep it in good condition.
How to Wash Satin Clothes
For this type of fabric, it is best to wash them by hand, using cold or warm water and a special detergent for delicate clothes. Keep in mind that they are susceptible to tarnishing or fraying easily. We speak from experience! So before you get to work, it’s best to read the garment’s label carefully, as all the instructions you need to follow to wash and iron this fabric are clearly stated.
We advise you that although the piece can be put in the machine, it is better to wash it by hand or to entrust it to a dry cleaner.
Satin Shirts, Dresses, Skirts and Pants
To properly wash items, especially satin dresses and shirts, proceed as follows:
– In a basin or bucket, pour a generous amount of cold or warm water. Never use hot water to clean stains on these garments!
– Pour in a dose of special detergent for delicate fabrics, stir until it is incorporated into the water and don’t forget to wear latex gloves. Now it’s time to wash and scrub (a little).
– Always wash the garment inside out. Immerse it completely in soapy water.
If you have stubborn food, drink or makeup stains, treat the stain first. You can do this with a special stain remover, white vinegar or a little liquid ammonia. Do not use bleach, chlorine or similar products at all. If you choose to use stain removers, they must not contain any type of bleach.
– Rinse the garment until all soap is removed. This should also be done in cold water.
– When it comes to draining, we have an expert tip. Place the garment on a hanger and hang it in one place until the excess water is removed. Then you can place it (with the hanger) on the clothesline in the open air, in a place where it doesn’t get direct sunlight and as the French say “voilà”.